By Tim Kowols
Businesses along State Highway 57 in Baileys Harbor are thankful residents and visitors are taking the extra time to come to them. Since September 5, the highway has been closed to traffic from the south Highway Q intersection to Canterbury Lane. Businesses within the construction zone like Koepsel’s have relied heavily on signage to guide their customers while others hope the detour along Highway Q is not deterring people from visiting the area altogether. Baileys 57 manager Kari Baumann says the Department of Transportation has marked the detour well and she is seeing customers make the effort to visit their favorite places.
The increased traffic and speeding on the detour route have been the only concerns in the early stages of the project. The current detour will be in place until Sister Bay Fall Fest weekend October 13-15. The project is slated to be completed in June 2018.