Road construction project starting Thursday in downtown Green Bay

Monroe Avenue will be closed starting Thursday to traffic between Chicago and Main streets.

GREEN BAY – The Wisconsin Department of Transportation says it is delaying the closure of a major Green Bay highway, because it took longer than expected to install project detour signs.

Monroe Avenue, between Chicago and Main streets, was supposed to close Tuesday morning as part of a months-long reconstruction project. It will now close Thursday.

Some business owners along the portion of Wisconsin Highway 57 say they welcome the change.

"Well, it's going to be a challenge, I'm sure," said Barbara Robinson, the owner of the Astor House Bed & Breakfast.

The challenge facing Robinson isn’t regarding her efforts to sell the Astor Park business she and her late husband, Greg, bought in 1999, but how she will tell her guests to get there. The late-1800s, blue and red-accented Victorian home is off of Monroe Ave.

"Don't trust your GPS right now, because, there are going to be some modifications,” said Robinson.

Access to be allowed throughout project

The DOT says the closure of Monroe will no doubt be a hassle for everyone that works and lives along it. However, it says that it's working with everyone involved to make it as painless as possible.

"I'm not going to tell you it isn't a nuisance, that there aren't hassles,” said Kim Rudat, spokesperson with the DOT. “There are."

Rudat says confusion over the road closure date and subsequent delay stems from a contractor needing more time to install detour signs.

"Sometimes road construction – things go more quickly than you originally expect, sometimes things go more slowly."

While traffic in the area may slow as the $5.2 million project progresses, Rudat says people will have full access to their Monroe Ave. homes and businesses.

"I can also tell you that when we're done, people are going to like what they see," said Rudat.