Door County residents know it. Many visitors are also clued in. But this holiday weekend there will likely be a certain percentage of travelers making their first trek of the year to Wisconsin's thumb who didn't get the memo that the Bayview Bridge is closed for repairs.
Sturgeon Bay Police Captain Dan Brinkman says he's not sure how many people fall into that category, but he says if they're heading through Sturgeon Bay they'll find out soon enough.
"They'll find out in a hurry when those bridges open that it's going to get backed up, it's going to get congested, and they're going to be waiting," says Brinkman.
Brinkman says the department will continue to use state-provided funds to help with traffic control. He says they don't have any plans beyond that for this weekend, but says they'll be keeping an eye on the staggered openings of the Michigan Street and Maple-Oregon Street bridges to see how they affect traffic flow.
"We have found out that these backups take care of themselves if people are patient and just follow the rules of the road," says Brinkman. "I know people are getting tired of us saying that they have to be patient, but I think in reality that's what we have to do."
The Bayview Bridge, which carries Hwy 42/57 traffic across the bay of Sturgeon Bay, has been closed to vehicular and pedestrian traffic since March 5. It's expected to reopen by the end of June.
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