De Pere Roundabout Partially Closed - WBAY

De Pere Roundabout Partially Closed

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After reopening for Packers traffic Monday evening, a busy roundabout in De Pere will once again be restricted Tuesday morning.

The double-lane roundabout at the foot of the Claude Allouez Bridge will be partially closed for construction.

Crews rolled out the barrels before the sun came up Monday, detouring many of the nearly 30,000 vehicles a day that use the roundabout.

Police expected big delays in the morning, and put five extra officers in the area.

"It was backed up, yeah. I mean I don't think it was terribly. I think people really took notice of us talking last week and advertising it and took aware to avoid the area," says De Pere Police Officer Jedd Bradley.

Police say most drivers added five to ten minutes to their morning drive Monday and can expect that for the next two weeks while the city completes utility work under the street and sidewalk.

Building demolition also started Monday morning. All of it makes way for a new Walgreens store right next to the roundabout, between Broadway and Wisconsin Streets.

All the work is forcing the closure of northbound and some westbound lanes.

"Allow yourself enough time. Learning today, looking at it this morning, it was not bad," says Bradley.

Police say many trucks that usually use the roundabout are now avoiding it, cutting down on what could have caused much longer delays.

And while evening traffic is not as impacted, the city agreed to reopen the roundabout Monday night only, to accommodate Packers traffic.

"When a Packer game is going on, we experience a lot of traffic from the south on 57, that come up through the city. People avoid 41 and try to take this way," explains Bradley.

 

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