The reconstruction of Oneida Street, including the construction of the diverging diamond, is limiting the accessibility to some businesses along the road.
The construction that just began for the diverging diamond has closed off the strip of Oneida Street where drivers can pull into businesses like Kwik Trip and Wendy’s.
Ed Pociask of Appleton says he found an alternate route through residential roads to get his morning coffee fix.
“Because we live close we use this highway, Oneida, quite a bit,” Pociask said. “So this is our typical road when it’s not under construction. So we’ve found alternate routes for the last several months.”
He says the construction will be worth it if the new feature makes traveling safer.
“I don’t know much about the diverging diamonds, but it will be an upgrade if it’s safer, if it causes less accidents, it’s wonderful, it’s fine,” he said.
More businesses, just up the road on Oneida Street, have already endured months of orange cones while the road is being reconstructed.
Schreiner’s Diner customer Terry Martin said he’s had to change his route to get to the restaurant, but the obstacle course won’t stop him from getting his breakfast and coffee at his favorite spot.
“It’s been a challenge because it changes, the route changes depending on what’s going on with the construction,” Martin said.
Diner owner Paul Schreiner said he’s grateful his customers have been so loyal through road work.
“People have been finding a way to get here with a little hard work and they’re very dedicated though, very dedicated, and tenacious,” Schreiner said.
The construction to complete the diverging diamond, and the reconstruction of Oneida Street, will both be completed by the fall.