By Tim Kowols
Downtown Sturgeon Bay businesses find themselves on the opposite side of the coin in 2017 after the Michigan Street Bridge closed Tuesday for repairs. It was last March when traffic was funneled through the downtown on its two bridges after the Bayview Bridge and portions of State Highway 42/57 were closed for rehabilitation and construction projects, leading to some early year success for some businesses. Sonny’s Italian Kitchen owner Jason Estes hopes consumers take the extra time to find his restaurant and other downtown Sturgeon Bay businesses.
The Michigan Street Bridge is scheduled to be reopened January 20 after crews replace the nine beams damaged in an accident that occurred last April. The Wisconsin Department of Transportation recommends the Maple/Oregon Street and Bayview Bridges as alternate routes.