By Paul Schmitt
The City of Sturgeon Bay Finance/Purchasing & Building Committee discussed the state of Wisconsin’s original agreement with the city for extending the lifespan of the approaches to the Maple –Oregon Bridge. Committee Chair David Ward says the Premier Resort Area Tax that is still seeking legislative approval would offset some of the $250,000 cost the committee is recommending to the city council.
The approaches to the bridge require a thin polymer overlay every eight to twelve years to protect the pavement from deterioration caused by chloride salts. Ward says the city had agreed with the Department of Transportation that the cost would be at the city’s expense when the Maple-Oregon Bridge was built in 2007. Final approval for the expenditure will be dealt with at the next Sturgeon Bay Common Council meeting on May 15.