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Lombardi Av. roadwork wraps up ahead of schedule

Discussion in 'Packer Fan Forum' started by PWT36, Jul 27, 2007.

  1. PWT36

    PWT36 Cheesehead

    Apr 15, 2005
    If you are coming to Green Bay to 'take in" the Packer training camp practices, it will lot easy getting there, starting at noon today, Friday 7/27/07. The construction barracades will be removed from section of Lombardi Ave west from Lambeau Field to Hway 41. This project involved widening Lombardi Av from 4 lanes to 6 lanes and improving the interchanges from Ridge Rd to Hi way US 41

    Posted July 27, 2007

    Lombardi Ave. roadwork wraps up ahead of schedule

    Good weather, teamwork get credit for early finish

    By Paul Srubas

    Four months of major road construction on Lombardi Avenue comes to an end today — five weeks ahead of schedule — and, boy, are the merchants glad about it.

    "It's beautiful — it's going to be wonderful," said Julie Appel, manager of Copps, 1291 Lombardi Access Road. "We're thrilled with the final look and are very excited for customers that can get in and out easily on this beautiful road."

    Barricades will be removed by about noon today, and, except for some minor cleanup work, work crews will be gone and out of there, said Brown County project manager Steve Dantoin.

    Under the terms of the project, workers were supposed to be able to open all lanes of new road on Aug. 4 and be done with the finishing work by Aug. 31.

    But thanks to good weather and well-coordinated efforts by the contractor, subcontractors and utilities, it'll all be done today, Dantoin said.

    That'll mean Green Bay Packers fans headed to Day One of training camp Saturday will have clear sailing and six new lanes of traffic on Lombardi Avenue to get them to and from Lambeau Field.

    Enduring the construction project wasn't without its challenges, especially when Marlee Lane closed, Appel said.

    "We really appreciate all the customers that traveled through it to get to us, but now they'll be able to get to us quickly and easily," she said.

    Thanks especially to the opening of Argonne Street onto Lombardi Avenue, customers coming from the west will have an easier time accessing Copps, Appel said.

    They previously had to drive past the store on Lombardi Avenue and then drive back to it on Lombardi Access.

    Meanwhile, eastbound traffic on Lombardi Avenue will have an easy time getting onto Lombardi Access via Marlee Lane.

    Along with opening Argonne Street on the north end, the project involved widening Lombardi Avenue from four to six lanes and improving interchanges from Ridge Road to U.S. 41.

    Construction workers did their best to keep access as open as possible, but "it's been kind of a pain in the butt trying to redirect people," said Crissy Kowaleski of The Relaxation Center, 1294 Lombardi Ave. "Oh, yeah, I'll be happy when it's done.

    "I'm right on the corner of Ridge and Lombardi, and our driveway was very inaccessible at times," she said. "That was really a pain. … But they were fixing the road; what are you gonna do?"

    And construction crews did the five-month project in just four months, which helped lessen the sting.

    "It went really good — better than expected," said Brown County Highway Commissioner Brian Lamers. "Everything fell into place."

    That's in part due to the great work of Dantoin, assistant highway superintendent Gabe Hylok and the rest of the county crew, Lamers said.

    And, like Dantoin, Lamers credited the work of the general contractor, Vinton Construction, the subcontractors — Martell Construction, Dekeyser Construction, Bodart Electric, Highway Landscapers, Arby's Construction and Brickline Inc. — the engineering company, Omni, and the utilities, Wisconsin Public Service and AT&T.

    "All the pieces fit just like a puzzle," Dantoin said. "Everything got scheduled on time, we didn't have to wait for anybody to get their crews in here."

    Dantoin said luck played a part too because uncontrollable factors like the weather seemed to work in the project's favor.

    "The weather was definitely a part of it. I don't think we ever went a complete day where we couldn't do anything because of the rain," Dantoin said.

    Even the public cooperated by finding alternate routes through and around the area, keeping traffic disruptions at a minimum, he said.

    The traveling public can continue to help by watching the new signs and signals carefully in the area, Lamers said.

    "I was out there today (Thursday) and saw an individual take a left turn onto Marlee against a red arrow," he said. "With the changes in lanes, there's new signals that people really need to pay attention to out there."

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