Three Manitowoc streets shift to two-way traffic

Manitowoc two way traffic shift.
Manitowoc two way traffic shift.(WBAY)
Published: Aug. 15, 2022 at 5:39 AM CDT|Updated: Aug. 15, 2022 at 9:59 PM CDT
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MANITOWOC, Wis. (WBAY) - For the first time in six decades, three streets in Manitowoc have two-way traffic. The shift happened at 5 o’clock Monday morning on 8th, 10th, and 11th Streets between Washington Street and Waldo Boulevard.

Mayor Justin Nickels said there were no accidents on these new two-way streets in the first 12 hours after the switch. He said traffic was moving slower, but that was the intent of making the switch.

Drivers will have another adjustment at 9 A.M. on Tuesday, when the traffic lights at intersections begin their normal sequences. For the first 26 hours, they were flashing red lights to create a four-way stop. The traffic signals will be adjusted as the city gets a better idea of the traffic flow.

He said the city is also monitoring whether a four-way stop is needed at the intersection of N. 11th and Huron. Right now, only traffic on Huron has stop signs.

Nickels says the streets have been one-way since May of 1960. Prior to that year, the traffic flow was two-way and had been for 130 years.

“We have discussed the idea of reverting back to two-way traffic for a generation. Several studies gave many reasons why we should consider this. Many residents, including myself, have never seen the traffic go two-ways permanently,” Nickels says.

“While this will be a change and an adjustment for many of us, it will prove to be what is best for downtown and the surrounding areas impacted by this conversion. Your elected leaders spent months on deliberating whether to do this or not. City staff gave rationale for why this is important for further growth and development and for pedestrian safety. Citizens and downtown business owners stepped up at public meetings and shared their support and reasons why they felt this change was necessary.”


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