GREEN BAY AREA REGIONAL NEWS: Brown County

Construction projects moved up in response to ‘Stay At Home’ order

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Crews are taking advantage of low traffic across Wisconsin roadways

BROWN CO., Wis. (WFRV) – With the ‘Safer At Home’ order in place, less people are driving across Wisconsin roads and area construction crews are taking full advantage of the reduced traffic.

Only those businesses deemed essential are still in operation. With construction crews falling under that category, they’re moving projects up due to the lighter traffic. One of those projects will be taking place at the intersection of Lime Kiln Road and Allouez Avenue. For two weeks, crews will be resurfacing the busy intersection.

“We’re hoping to kind of take advantage of this quiet lull and not disrupt traffic and businesses twice,” says Paul Fontecchio, Director of Brown County Public Works.

It’s the two words everyone dreads to hear- construction season. Even amid a pandemic, it’s business as usual for construction crews. But now, more than ever, crews are jumping the gun on work at once busy intersections like the one at Lime Kiln and Allouez.

“Doing a big intersection like that under traffic, though, that is tough,” says Fontecchio. “It’s way better to close it down and get it done in a more expedited fashion. With half the traffic it’s going to be a lot safer for our crews.”

Safer for crews and low traffic are ultimately what lead to the decision. Not to mention a quick turnaround. Crews will also be heading across town to Howard where they’ll do similar work on the Cardinal Lane and Riverview Drive intersection.

“Hopefully we’ll get out and get that one at Lime Kiln and Allouez done in about two weeks and then, on April 6 or thereabouts, we’ll start the one over in Howard and get that one done in two weeks,” said Fontecchio. “Hopefully by the time the ‘Safer at Home’ restrictions are lifted, we’ll have brand new intersections.”

You can find a full listing of construction projects across Brown County online right here.

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