Appleton businesses, drivers prepare for two week College Avenue closure

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Sections of College Avenue in downtown Appleton are set to close for a two-week period starting Monday morning as crews work to replace worn-down crosswalks along the street.

Sunday afternoon, area drivers and businesses enjoyed the last day of easy travel for a while.

Ariana Holzem, who works at Lou’s Brew says that she expects business to slow down.

“There won’t be traffic coming through and it’ll just be hard for people to get here in general,” Holzem told Local Five.

She also said it would be more difficult to get to work.

“I park on College Avenue every day,” Holzem said. “I drive about 15 minutes to get here, so I’m probably going to have to park a few blocks away and then walk, which is a little inconvenient, but I can make it work.”

Scott Gonnering, who owns Scooter G’s on College Avenue doesn’t expect the closure to effect his business too much.

“It’s not really going to bother us a whole lot because it is only two weeks,” he told Local Five. “We came from the corner of Richmond and Northland when they did that roundabout for six months. That one kind of hurt a bit, but this only being two weeks, I don’t think it’s really going to bother us that much. People that are trying to find us know where we are.”

Christine Shultz, a barista at Brewed Awakenings also doesn’t think the closure will hurt business too bad, and thinks that the updated crosswalks will be nice for the downtown area.

“The two weeks may cause little issues with business,” she said, “but I think what it comes down to is in the future it’ll be nicer. So I think it’s worth it.”

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