DOT to Clear Ice at Duck Creek Causeway on Monday - WBAY

DOT to Clear Ice at Duck Creek Causeway on Monday

Howard -

Snowmobilers and anglers are urged to stay away from a popular travel route onto the Bay of Green Bay that the Wisconsin DOT says is dangerous.

It's Duck Creek near the Highway 41 and I-43 interchange in Howard.

Crews recently built a road, called a causeway, across the creek during highway construction -- narrowing the creek and forcing water to flow faster.  And, on Monday, the DOT will start breaking up the ice to build a dam -- making the route even more dangerous.

The hum of snowmobiles still fills the air on Duck Creek near the construction of a new causeway just east of the Highway 41 and I-43 interchange in Brown County.

But now, more than ever, snowmobiles should avoid the frozen path in and out of the Bay of Green Bay.

The construction of a new cofferdam in this area is expected to increase the water current making ice conditions even more unpredictable.

"I was under there and drilled some holes," Doug Steiner of Howard, said. "You could tell that there was a little bit more current there than normal."

Doug Steiner of Howard enjoyed ice fishing and snowmobiling in the area for several years.

But now, he plans to stay away from the area.

"I probably wouldn't want to go out on the bay anymore, you know, not from home, here...if it's not safe," he said.

Businesses along Duck Creek say the snowmobiler traffic already isn't what it used to be.

"I just noticed that there was definitely people that haven't been coming in here as much as they used to... So I know, obviously they must be aware of it or nervous about going on the river on thin ice," Perry Zahn, River's Bend Steak and Seafood chef, said.

In the meantime, officials hope the many snowmobilers and anglers will find another way around the creek.

"That's going to be almost impossible with the increased flow on the creek there. But, it's not the only place one can get on to the bay, either," Mike Fronsee of Ledgeview, said.


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