GREEN BAY - The Green Bay City Council has approved a plan, voting 7-5 infavor, of putting six roundabouts on Military Avenue.
Officials have already determined the road needs major repairwork but there has been debate on how the reconstruction projectshould be done. Many have said roundabouts are not the answer.
"Roundabouts? It's ridiculous. Somebody is going to get hurt,"John Wilson, who lives near Military Avenue, said.
The reconstruction project is scheduled to start next spring andthe roundabouts would stretch between Langlade Avenue and DousmanStreet.
"As a motorcycle rider, I have been in several near misses.Although they are cost-effective, I feel they are a hazard," MarkFuentes, who works near Military Avenue, said.
Supporters of roundabouts contend they are safer and will savethe city of Green Bay millions of dollars.
"I hope people understand that I really looked into this," GreenBay's City Council President, Chris Wery, said. "These will work,just give it a chance," Wery added.
Business owners on Military Avenue say they are upset the citycouncil is deciding to go ahead with roundabouts when they saythey've made it clear they want to go in another direction.
"They're usable, nothing wrong with them," said Lee Kellner, ofTee to Green golf shop. "But in a mile section of road? I don'tunderstand the need for that many. Just doesn't make sense,"Kellner added.
Kellner said he would prefer for the city just to keep stoplights on the busy road. He fears the roundabouts will cost him alot of business.
"I guarantee I will move," Kellner said.
Supporters believe roundabouts will help revitalize MilitaryAvenue. They admit; however, that it make take drivers a littlewhile to figure out how to navigate through them.
There are some who would like to put the roundabout proposal toreferendum. Wery said that would cause a significant delay in anyreconstruction project for the road.
After almost 80 years, a piece of naval history is on its way home. A model of the Japanese luxury liner Hikawa Maru is being packed up in Manitowoc and returned to Japan.
Visitors to Green Bay's Neville Public Museum will soon see hours slashed. The county-owned attraction is cutting access starting the first of the year.
An 11-foot-long model of the Japanese passenger liner Hikawa Maru is being sent back to Japan after 34 years at the Wisconsin Maritime Museum in Manitowoc.
Area volunteers are making a difference in the community this holiday season. At this time of the year, many people are looking for ways to help their neighbors. The Salvation Army is one of the many places where you can do just that.
For the second year in a row, St. Norbert College could house overflow of homeless people from the St. John the Evangelist shelter in Green Bay.
A memorial fund has been created for a Grand Chute firefighter killed in a weekend car crash.