Part of Shawano Avenue to reopen, Packerland to close

GREEN BAY – Some good news and some bad news on the construction front in the Green Bay area.

As part of one major road is set to reopen, another is set to close.

The US 41/Shawano Avenue interchange, and Shawano Avenue from Taylor Street to Duck Creek Parkway, will open to traffic on Saturday, August 30th.

The Wisconsin DOT also announced that Shawano Avenue between Duck Creek Parkway and Packerland Drive will remain closed until Packerland Drive opens later this fall.

The interchange opens up 6 days ahead of schedule.

“Yes, we have the fly ramps open, but that local access to Shawano, Highway 29, that leads into the city and out towards Packerland Drive, it’s a real big deal to the travelers around here,” said Mark Kantola, a spokesperson for the U.S. 41 Project.

The ramps and section of road have been closed for construction of three roundabouts since July 7, 2014.

Shawano Avenue now has a roundabout at each ramp terminal with US 41 and a roundabout at Shawano Avenue and Duck Creek Parkway.

Packerland Drive, including the WIS 29 exit-ramps to Packerland Drive, will close Tuesday, September 2nd for 60 days to reconstruct the Packerland Drive and Cardinal Lane interchange.

“It’s definitely taken a negative effect on the store,” said Josh Hamill, the grocery manager of Woodman’s, talking about the recent construction in the area. “It’s hurt us approximately five to ten percent depending on the day.”

The new closure might not be good for now, but DOT officials say the construction of roundabouts off of a redone Highway 41 is much more efficient and safer.

“Once we’re done with Packerland in 60 days from next Tuesday, you’re not going to see any real construction out there,” said Kantola.

That’s welcomed news at Woodman’s.

“The faster the better, that’s for sure,” said Hamill.

For more information on road construction in this area, click here.

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