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Turn Arrows Painted On Maple Street

 

Motorists on Maple Street in Sturgeon Bay should now find the Madison Avenue intersection easier to negotiate.

Crews on Wednesday painted turn arrows onto Maple Street at both approaches to the intersection.

Here's the drill:

Eastbound traffic on Maple (going toward the Oregon Street Bridge) will be able to turn left or go straight from the left lane. The right lane will be right turn only.

Westbound, the left lane will be left turn only and the right lane will be for going straight or turning right.

Mayor Thad Birmingham says in a perfect world the intersection itself would be larger, but that's not going to happen.




The City Council signed off on the configuration Tuesday. Birmingham says it's essentially back to the way it used to be, something he pushed for. 

"The reason I wanted to go back to the way it was is because it was pretty clear that that was working," says Birmingham. "When you have something that's working, why change it."

Accompanying road signs will be going up soon.

Birmingham says the intersection's shortcomings are being magnified because of the additional traffic flowing through the city due to the Bayview Bridge detour, but he says when the bridge reopens a lot of the congestion will dissipate.

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