As the $4.8 million project to upgrade the Bayview Bridge nears the halfway point, the project manager says the span is still on track to reopen to traffic by July 4.
"That's our hope," says Paul Zoellner of the Wisconsin Department of Transportation.
Zoellner says there haven't been any major surprises or snags so far.
"We found a little more repair on the parapets than we were expecting but for the most part it's been going according to plan," says Zoellner.
Zoellner says one milestone was reached with the partial installation of a submarine cable on the bottom of the channel, which brings power to both sides of the bridge and enables crews to complete the machinery upgrades.
Zoellner says they can't completely finish installation of the cable because of regulations that prohibit in-stream disturbances from March 1 through June 30.
For the last few weeks the bridge's north leaf has been in the upright position and the south leaf has been down. Zoellner says the configuration is just part of the construction work and the contractor has permission from the Coast Guard for such a set-up.
The bridge has been closed to vehicles and pedestrians since March 5 with traffic being rerouted through downtown Sturgeon Bay.
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