By Kevin Boneske
ASHWAUBENON – Those whose businesses will be affected by this year’s reconstruction of Mike McCarthy Way between Holmgren Way and Ashland Avenue had an opportunity to hear details about the project and provide input at a public informational meeting held Thursday, May 10, at the Ashwaubenon village hall.
Craig Schuh, project manager for Ayers Associates, noted at the meeting the reconstruction starting the week of May 14 is scheduled for completion by the end of September.
It will include the replacement of sanitary sewer, water main, storm sewer and roadway in anticipation of that section of Mike McCarty Way being developed.
“This project has a very, very, very tight time schedule,” Schuh said. “It’s going to go quick. (That) is our goal. It’s going to see lots of equipment out there, and there’s going to be inconveniences, but we’re trying to minimize those as much as possible for every business that’s on the corridor and we don’t want to put you out of business, but we want you to have a nice road as soon as possible as part of this.”
Kevin Moore of Peters Concrete, the company awarded the contract for the Mike McCarthy Way reconstruction project, said the width of the roadway will make it easier to access businesses while the work is taking place.
“That will help with access during the construction activity,” said Moore, who also noted traffic control barricades would be going up along the project area with access to Mike McCarthy Way being limited from Ashland Avenue with turning lanes being closed.
Schuh said fixed message signs are being installed south of Highway 172 and north of Lombardi Avenue to inform motorists about closures to Mike McCarthy Way as well as Cormier Road, which is undergoing sanitary sewer and water main replacement work, and to use alternate routes.
“My advice for all these businesses on this corridor, have them go up Lombardi,” he said. “It’s by far the best.”
Schuh said completion of the sanitary sewer, water main, storm sewer and roadway replacement is anticipated for late August/early September with sidewalk and landscaping being done by late September.
Because of the construction schedule, Schuh said traffic will be affected in the area this summer when the Packers also have two preseason games in early August.
“I don’t want to sugarcoat it,” he said “It’s not going to be a whole lot of fun this summer.”
Though the Packers will also be hosting their first two regular-season games in September, Schuh said the reconstruction contract calls for the roadway in the work area to have two lanes of traffic open in both directions by Sept. 1.
Doug Martin, Ashwaubenon director of public works, said project updates will be posted on the village’s website, ashwaubenon.com.