ASHWAUBENON - After three months of "road closed" signs, Oneida Street isflowing once again.
"Oneida opening up again is awesome," said Mary Shaw. As amotorist, and manager of a business on Oneida Street, Shaw isthrilled with traffic moving uninterrupted through the village'smain artery once again. The closure has contributed to sluggishbusiness at Super 8 and other operations on the south end ofOneida.
"I don't know if it's all to do with Oneida Street with businessslow, there's a lot of things out there," said Shaw.
The roadway had to be closed where it goes under highway 172, sothe west-bound bridge could be replaced. The Ashwaubenon BusinessAssociation is taking the stance with the detours of "no pain nogain."
"I think it's only minor though because in the long rundefinitely worth the repairs that they're making," said LydiaBessert.
In fact while some motorists may have avoided the area, manymore endured the detours.
"The good news is there is probably something new theydiscovered by having to go around another way," explained Brad Tollwith the Green Bay Area Visitors Bureau.
Ashwaubenon businesses tell us the closing of this majorthoroughfare, while inconvenient, actually went fairlysmoothly.
That's good news since the roadway will be shut down again nextyear when the east bound bridge is replaced.
"Yes it will close again and they'll try to do it again sametime of year again so as not to affect any Packer traffic andtourist we get during the summer," said Bessert.
The opening of Oneida Street actually comes weeks ahead ofschedule, and will be followed in the next month with the openingof highway 172 and the exit ramp that feeds Oneida Street, just intime for football season and all the extra Packers traffic.
In addition to Oneida Street facing another closure next spring,the following year with the Highway 41 construction project, theoff ramps to Oneida Street will also be temporarily shut down.
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