U.S. 41/Shawano Avenue interchange opening in Brown County

By Kris Schuller | kris.schuller@wearegreenbay.com

Published 08/29 2014 08:32PM

Updated 08/29 2014 10:22PM

GREEN BAY, Wis. (WFRV) While drivers are dealing with crowded roads this holiday weekend, there is some good news to report on the transportation front.

Since early July, the U.S. 41/Shawano Avenue interchange has been closed to drivers, forcing motorists to become creative to find a way in and out of the area.  However, the Wisconsin DOT says comes Saturday most of the roads will be back open.

The re-opening comes six days earlier than scheduled according to transportation officials. The interchange has been shut as part of the U.S.41 reconstruction project currently underway in Brown County through 2017.

Access between U.S. 41 and Shawano Avenue was closed so crews could construct three roundabouts.

Starting Saturday the interchange is back open, giving drivers better access.

"All four ramps will be back open and that's good news because Lineville is closed," said Mark Kantola or the DOT. "That's putting a lot of pressure on Velp and even Mason. Now you have a third interchange that gives drivers options to exit to the local places they need to go too."

A section of Shawano Avenue between Duck Creek Parkway and Packerland Drive will remain closed.  Starting Tuesday next week Packerland Drive at highway 29 will be shutting down for roughly two months. The closure includes the exit ramps to and from highway 29 at Packerland.

The reason is to complete construction of that new 29/Packerland interchange - by adding roundabouts.

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