Menasha, WI –
Just North of Highway 441, construction crews have begun work on a 75-day closure at the Appleton Rd. interchange. Crews will widen bridges, add new turn lanes, and construct two new roundabouts. To speed up the process, The D.O.T has decided to close both ramps through late June.
“We’re getting a lot of work done within the 75 days,” says Project Manager Kurt Peters. “We can come in and get a lot of work done, and kind of get out of there in that short period of time and reconstruct the entire interchange.”
The work comes as an inconvenience to nearby stores. Appleton Road is the primary access point to Goodwill.
“We had a pretty good idea that it was going to be difficult, if not impossible for a lot of our customers to get to the store,” says VP of Community Relations Dan Flannery.
Rather than deal with the construction, the store has decided to close for 90 days. Now, it’s trying to unload merchandise before Thursday.
“We’re at 75% off all merchandise right now,” says Flannery.
The store will use the off-time as a chance to re-model its donation area, checkout counters, and retail floor.
“I guess it’s a good way for us to make lemonade out of lemons in a way,” says Flannery.
Crews hope to wrap up construction by late June. Work on the Racine Road interchange will begin June 15th.