Ashland Avenue may soon be McCarthy Way
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GREEN BAY - Three cities Green Bay, Ashwaubenon and De Pere are discussing making Ashland Avenue into McCarthy Way. That's something Green Bay Mayor Jim Schmitt says is not such an easy process.
"Mike's done a great job I think it's a great idea," said Kevin Devenport.
Devenport grew up in Ashwaubenon and has been a Packers fan all his life. He says naming streets after players and coaches of the green and gold is great for business.
"You know Green Bay has the Packers and that's where they're from and a lot of tradition here I believe that we should move that area forward," said Devenport.
Moving forward is exactly what Green Bay Mayor Jim Schmitt is trying to do.
"There are people who will want to have businesses there and invest in those areas and that's going to do well for all three municipalities," said Jim Schmitt.
Mike McCarthy Way came up two years ago when the Packers won the Super Bowl, but there was a lot of debate over where to put the street.
"We all have to agree to do this together," said Schmitt. "We all have to agree on the same timing and that's what we're working on now."
De Pere, Ashwaubenon and Green Bay have to make sure there aren't any other streets named McCarthy before renaming Ashland Avenue. The Wisconsin Department of Transportation says the sooner a decision is made the better.
"We have to put up new signs anyway and it would be easier tohave the signs made with McCarthy Way on them then Ashland Avenue if it's going to change," said Kim Rudat the communications director for the Wisconsin DOT.
Now they don't have a date set yet for the name change. The mayor says these things take time, especially since they have to deal with three differnent cities.