Long-awaited work to reshape a section of North Webster Avenue in Green Bay has begun. Local 5 reports utility improvements are underway – the first steps in this $13 million reconstruction project.
Take a ride on North Webster Avenue and you’ll quickly understand why this road has a bad reputation. And more importantly, why it’s about to be rebuilt.
“It’s one of the roughest stretches, poor pavement quality on an arterial street within Green Bay,” said Green Bay Public Works Director Steve Grenier.
Monday, utility work began on Webster between the East River and University Avenue, closing the road for the next seven weeks. Going forward utility crews will move in stages north as they prepare to transform this old road, between University Avenue and I-43, into a four-lane divided boulevard.
“It is in bad need of full reconstruction. It is an older part of the city, the infrastructure is dated, storm sewer, water, main sanitary sewer, definitely has served its useful life,” Grenier said.
Grenier says the project will include bike lanes, landscaping and a 10-foot wide multi- use path. Twenty-four homes were purchased to make room for the improvements.
“I think it’s great, great for the city, great for the neighborhood here, it’s long needed,” said Craig Robbins.
The executive director of Paul’s Pantry says the city has kept him informed of the project timeline and traffic impacts. He is anxious to see the work completed.
“There will be some growing pains, but it has to be done and it’s overdue and we’re looking forward to the day that it’s done,” Robbins said.
Which according to Grenier should be November of 2019.
“I think everybody is ready for this one,” he said.
The federal government is covering $5 million of the project’s cost.