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Downtown Green Bay's Nitschke Bridge closing for two months


GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - A highly traveled bridge in downtown Green Bay will be shut down for about two months.

Maintenance work on the Ray Nitschke, or Main Street Bridge, will begin September 10. That's the bridge where Main Street and Dousman join over the Fox River.

“There's 17,900 vehicles a day that go across there,” Steve Grenier, the assistant director of public works for Green Bay, told FOX 11. “I'm sure that it’s going to be inconvenient for folks.”

Grenier says the closure is for preventive maintenance.

“We need to get in an repair that before it becomes a problem,” said Grenier.

The issue is with rust buildup. Grenier says no log is kept of how many times the bridge has been closed, but by his count, the rust issue forced a few temporary closures last year and one this year.

City officials say the work was not an immediate need, but they say doing it now is more cost effective in the long run.

“I think it's a wise investment of the public funds to perform preventative maintenance,” said Grenier. “As opposed to waiting until there's a major problem that we easily could have remedied and stopped from being a problem.”