New detour signs up to help drivers find downtown businesses during construction

By , Heather Sawaski, Local 5 News

Published 07/21 2014 05:40PM

Updated 07/21 2014 05:56PM

GREEN BAY, Wis. (WFRV) - Construction continues to rebuild a stretch of Monroe Avenue. Local businesses are being hit hard by the detours and they're hoping a city program will help turn things around.

Barrels, barricades and fencing. Bright orange is the color of the summer in downtown Green Bay.   Though Joe De Keyser, at Astor Park Floral, would much rather see green.

"Our business is down because our walk-in traffic is apparently not coming in," he said. "Can't get to us."

It's a similar story at Astor House Bed and Breakfast.

"There's different things that you take for granted because you know your way around," explained inn keeper Barbara Robinson. "But customers don't. So that's been a little, lots of questions about it."

Access is limited to more than 50 businesses on or near Monroe Avenue. But another orange addition is hoping to help. New detour signs with arrows showing drivers exactly how to reach their destinations. They are a recent addition from Downtown Green Bay, Inc..

"Two consecutive summers of construction can have difficulties for some patrons and we just felt it was the right thing to do to make sure that we have a quality sign program directing people to downtown businesses," explained Executive Director Jeff Mirkes.

Business owners say every little bit helps..

"If you can't find us, find a way," added De Keyser. "Follow the signs come down and see us."

..until the project is completed in October.

"I'm very excited to have it changed," added Robinson. "For it to be all done."

The signs just went up last week and leaders already plan on adding a few more.

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