Advocates for the Broadway District says it’s time truck traffic takes a different route. And now the city is considering a traffic study which could ultimately remove Broadway’s truck route designation.
For two years Barbi Gossen has worked at Petal Pusher on Broadway. She loves the location – except for all the truck traffic driving past her front door – like clockwork.
“It’s a little bit annoying and it is pretty loud,” said Gossen. “Every 30 seconds to a minute.”
For 40 years Broadway has been a designated truck route. This week at the urging of some business owners – On Broadway’s executive director went before Green Bay’s Traffic Commission and said it’s time that changed.
“We think the truck route should evolve to accommodate the needs of the district which has evolved in the last 20 years as well,” said Brian Johnson of On Broadway Inc.
Johnson says business owners are concerned with the volume of truck traffic, the noise it creates and the impact on pedestrians. So too is Alderman Bill Galvin.
“We have shops and stores, you want people walking and getting about on foot and you have these large trucks coming through,” Galvin said.
After discussion the commission directed city engineers to study truck patterns on Broadway between Ninth and Mather streets, to see if and where trucks should be rerouted.
“If we take them off of Broadway where do we put them?” said Steve Grenier, director of Public Works for Green Bay. “If Broadway is not appropriate – what is appropriate?”
Grenier says the study won’t be inexpensive and requires City Council approval. But Alderman Galvin says it’s worth the cost.
“I think it’s something the city should definitely explore.”