If you’ve driven along Oneida Street in the Fox Valley you may have taken a detour, as construction in that area has already begun.
 
But as local five’s Elsa Robins explains, construction may have turned out to be a blessing in disguise for some drivers in Appleton Wednesday morning. 
 
Sitting in traffic can cause headaches.
 
“Nobody likes construction,” said Chad Doran, Communications Coordinator for the City of Appleton,
 
“Here are some cookies for you guys,” said one employee handing out cookies.
 
That’s why Appleton city employees hosted what they call a “cookie drop,” hoping to brighten days with a gesture of goodwill, during the beginning of the 2017 construction season.
 
“Hi! We’re just thanking people for the inconvenience during the construction project,” they told drivers passing through.
 
With each cookie bag comes a map, and a brochure with Oneida street construction details.
 
“It makes the construction project go a bit quicker and smoother when people understand where the detours are and they know how to get around and they know what sections are closed when,” said Doran.
 
So while construction may be frustrating most days of the week, on this day it just might have made your day a bit sweeter. 
 
“This is sort of fun for us to be able to be out here and connect with them and we hope that people appreciate it too,” said Doran. 
 
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Construction is starting on a major road project in Appleton.

Starting Monday, crews will be work on Oneida Street in the south side of Appleton between the Skyline Bridge and Midway Road. 

They will be replacing utility and water lines under the street. Re-paving and rebuilding the road is set to start next year.

To get around it, the city is recommending drivers go over to Memorial Drive and Appleton Road.

The city says that while drivers going through the area are advised to find an alternative route, they will keep access open to local businesses and homes.

Click on http://www.appleton.org/ to see more about the project.