BROWN COUNTY, Wis. (WBAY) The new Webster Avenue Bridge opens to traffic on Saturday, Oct. 29, with a bit of pomp and circumstance.
A stretch of road between Hastings Street and Kalb Avenue has been closed since July for construction of the new span.
The barricades will come down at about 11 a.m. with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. The community will hold a celebration in the Schroeder’s Flowers parking lot. There will be food, music, and more.
Crews removed the old bridge built in 1952 and replaced it with a single span, concrete girder bridge. The bridge links De Pere, State Highway 172, and the City of Green Bay. It carries an average of 14,000 vehicles per day, according to Brown County Public Works.
The county says the deck of the old bridge was in bad shape and past its lifespan.
Webster Avenue Bridge reconstruction is part of the Brown County Highway Department’s program to replace deteriorating bridges within the next few years.
The cost to replace the Webster Avenue Bridge came in at $1.39 million. The federal government is covering about 80 percent of that total, with the county footing the remainder of the bill.
Local drivers are excited to no longer travel the detour.
“Most of the side streets to the north and south side of Webster Avenue have been impacted to get traffic down to Riverside Drive or Libal Street,” said Brad Lange, Allouez Village Administrator. “So the traffic impact on Libal Street has been probably doubled or more the last few months.”
The Webster Avenue Bridge celebration is 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Saturday.