Changes to Sturgeon Bay Traffic Patterns
February 9, 2012
If you are a regular visitor to Sturgeon Bay, you are probably familiar with our 1-way street patterns in the downtown area. These streets will be changing to all 2-way this year. The following is an excerpt from this week's Door County Advocate, detailing the changes:
The Common Council decided Tuesday to approve reconstruction plans for Fourth Avenue, weaving it into the downtown business district with plans similar to Third Avenue.
Work on Fourth Avenue reconstruction should start in April, City Engineer Tony Depies said. The project is estimated to take five months, finishing by the end of August.
Fourth Avenue will remain 42 feet wide and have a 12-foot traffic lane and a 9-foot parking lane on each side of the street, with parallel parking on each side. The street design includes bumpouts to slow traffic at the two most-used crosswalks, next to the post office crossing to the Younkers store and at the Baylake Bank offices.
“The 12-foot lanes do allow for cyclists to have the outside edge of the traffic lane even with parking and vehicles on the road, including bumpout locations,” he said.
There will be one new stop sign added at Michigan Street, he said. The stop sign at Jefferson Street will remain the same.
The biggest change from switching Fourth Avenue to two-way will be at the post office, where a drive-up drop box is now located. There will be a temporary change during construction, but details have yet to be worked out, he said. As of Wednesday, Depies had not yet met with the Sturgeon Bay postmaster. The city will work with the post office, but there will no longer be a driver’s-side drop-off at that location, he said.
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