GREEN BAY-As the Department of Transportation ponders a new traffic plan with the Leo Frigo Bridge closed, drivers say they're bracing for messy backups on the alternate routes of Highways 41 and 172.
“If you're familiar with the area, you find a way that will better suit you, a way to go. But some people don't know where they're going,” said Jesse Young from Allouez.
“So I'm going to have to go through all of that construction and hit 172, and I think part of that is even under construction. So I don't know. I'm pretty confused on how I'm going to have to get back home tonight,” said Tony Galliano, who said he was headed to Marinette and back to Green Bay on business Wednesday afternoon.
“We need those who don't need to use the freeway system to stay off the freeway system,” Engineer Randy Asman said during a news conference Wednesday.
Engineers with the DOT urged the use of city streets instead of highways to get around.
“This is similar to if you remember a number of years ago when we re-decked the Highway 172 bridge. We had tremendous compliance by the locals to stay off the bridge, because it was just going to be a tremendous impact,” said Asman.
FOX 11 headed out during Wednesday's rush hour to see what it was like on Highway 41 and 172. And while we found some congestion, it wasn't unbearable. It was mostly where the highways intersect. And the DOT says the next two days will be the worst for drivers.
“We have to put our heads together with what's called our traffic management engineers who will give us data on how many cars are going where, when and why,” said Mark Kantola, project manager for the Highway 41 construction project.
Mark Kantola with the DOT says the Highway 41 construction project most likely won't be delayed with the bridge closure.
Kantola says parts of 41 near I-43 that were scheduled to start construction in a few months might happen sooner.
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