GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) - Drivers in Green Bay say a stretch of North Webster Ave. is one of the worst roads in the city, many wondering when the road will be fixed and reopened to traffic.
In a public information meeting Tuesday, the community got a chance to learn about the long-awaited reconstruction of North Webster Avenue.
The reconstruction project will affect North Webster Ave. from University Avenue to Radisson Street. That stretch of North Webster will be closed to through traffic and there will be a detour.
People who live on Webster Avenue say this project has been continually pushed back for over a decade.
"It's been since 2006, and it's always been the west side was going to get torn down, but now it's the east side all of a sudden,” said Tammy Stern, who lives on Webster Avenue. “I mean, it's going to look nice if they ever get it done, so I'm glad I'm actually seeing progress."
Stern says she's excited for the project to be done, because right now the road isn't safe for cars, bikes or people.
"I had to go across the street and steal some cones because there's potholes that are a foot deep by a foot across," Stern adds.
A stretch of Webster has been partially closed because after fixing sewer and water main issues last fall the city applied a temporary pavement which didn't stick.
"The temporary pavement did not hold up as well as we thought it would,” said James Brunette, Green Bay City Engineer. “That's why people have seen a closure on this sooner than before starting the project.”
Project managers say the construction will begin early next week. Webster Avenue from Radisson Street to University Avenue will be closed for the entire duration of the project.
The project has a completion goal of November 1.
Two lanes of traffic going in each direction will be separated by grass medians. A multi-use trail is part of the finished project.
"It is two lanes of traffic each direction with bike lanes on each side,” said Brunette. “On the east side of the project there's going to be a ten-foot wide bike path which initially that was meant to tie the East River Trail and get it closer towards having people towards Bay Beach."
"I mean it's just been so many excuses, so I'm glad it's finally getting done. It's just going to be a mess until we do," said Stern.