Highway 41 Reopens Early
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BROWN COUNTY, Wis.--Highway 41 headaches will end for drivers. Wisconsin DOT leaders say Highway 41 southbound in Green Bay is back open and no longer one-lane.
While northbound between Shawano Avenue to Velp Avenue will open at 10 Sunday night, ahead of schedule.
Crews worked around the clock trying to remove an obstruction underground that they later found out was some mud that had a choke hold on a pipe. Not only was it a long weekend for drivers, but homeowners who couldn't escape the disruption.
"It's a big mess," Rick Campbell said.
Rick Campbell lived with a noisy neighbor all weekend.
"The other day they were driving some pipe with I don't know what, hammering. They started three, four in the morning. Trucks backing up, moving around," Campbell said.
But the clanging is now silenced. Crews were able to remove the obstruction Sunday almost 30-feet under Highway 41, so they could install a new sewer pipe.
"The contractors worked very hard, they took a two phase approach and tried the best they could to get this job done. Anything construction you have a plan, sometimes things don't fall to plan exactly," DOT Supervisor Barry Paye said.
Crews spent most of Sunday back filling and paving the area.
"We especially want to thank the area residents here. This was a tough weekend for them. They did a terrific job. They were cooperative, very supportive," DOT Spokesman Kim Rudat said.
Even though the work hit a nerve with Campbell, he knows it's necessary.
"They took way to long to do this project," Campbell said.
DOT leaders also thank the drivers for dealing with the detours all weekend. They say they had to get the work done so the Highway 41 project can move forward.