By Paul Schmitt
The Michigan Street Bridge in Sturgeon Bay is back open after repairs started Monday, five days earlier than anticipated. The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (Wis-DOT) closed the bridge Monday to repair multiple bridge beams struck by over-height vehicles earlier this year. Regional Communication Manager Mark Kantola says crews finished early due to more manpower being available and favorable weather conditions. The earlier than anticipated opening of the Michigan Street Bridge is good news for downtown businesses in Sturgeon Bay, according to Kantola.
Area downtown businesses had expressed concern about the closure timing with the busy weekend holiday shopping going on this weekend. The bridge was damaged back in May and June in two separate incidents.