First Responders Plan for Construction Closures - WBAY

First Responders Plan for Construction Closures

Howard -
The Shawano Avenue interchange from US 41 to Packerland Drive will close at the end of June. Once it opens, the Packerland Drive Highway 29 interchange will close.

"We'll be having some significant closures coming up at the end of this month and into next month," said Eric Gwidt, US 41 Project Manager

Some are concerned emergency crews won't be able to help those in need with so many major roads closing.

Action 2 News spoke to multiple police departments, fire departments, and ambulance services in Brown County today and most said the closures won't affect their day-to-day operations.

However, the Village of Howard is impacted by the closures but officials said it has everything under control.

The closures, all on the west side of Brown County, affect some of the busiest roads and highways in the area.

With the closures lasting so long, some people are concerned how first responders will get to emergencies.

"We've been planning for those closures before the construction even started," said Ed Janke, Village of Howard Director of Public Safety.

Howard officials said planning ahead and leaning on their relations with other area emergency responders will help keep their response times consistent. 

"We have mutual aid agreements in place and automatic aid agreements that allow our response time to not be hampered by all the closures," Janke said.

Agreements with other departments were made before construction began. Departments in Brown County have been working with each other since 2007.

Officials in Howard said these agreements, by relying on other departments, are the main reason they are able to keep to consistent response times during road closures.
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