Roundabout at Mason/Taylor opening

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Some minor relief when it comes to traffic headaches in Green Bay.

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation is announcing the newly constructed roundabout at the Mason and Taylor streets intersection in Brown County is opening to traffic by 6 a.m. on Tuesday, July 3.

All movements within the roundabout are opening to motorists except for the western leg that remains closed until the Mason Street interchange at US 41 opens August 1.

The roundabout at the Mason and Taylor streets intersection is being completed a month ahead of schedule and is part of the $29 million reconstruction of the Mason Street interchange.

via Roundabout at Mason/Taylor opening.


Schuering Rd exit to close …

US 41 marker

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tomorrow as part of the Highway 41 project.

The Scheuring Road bridge crossing U.S. 41 in Brown County will close for demolition Monday and remain closed until mid-September. The demolition is part of a $14.7 million reconstruction of the Scheuring Road interchange.

Ramps to and from U.S. 41 at Scheuring Road will serve as a detour route during the five days of demolition but then will close for the construction of roundabouts in the second phase of the project.

Demolition will take place for five days, between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m. and could cause lane closures on U.S. 41 during the construction period.

So if you want to get to places in De Pere like Community First Credit Union, Walmart, Coaches Corner, Cellcom, etc you will have to utilize the Main St exit and take the frontage roads.


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Senate candidate makes his own history

It’s one thing to flip-flop on the issues.

But who’s ever heard of a candidate rewriting his own company history?

That’s exactly what U.S. Senate candidate Ron Johnson did last week.

For nearly nine years, his plastics company has carried this online description of its beginning:

“Founded in 1977, Pacur occupies a facility constructed specifically for sheet extrusion, which provides polyester and polypropylene sheet and rollstock to converters, distributors, and end users,” said the website for the Oshkosh-based factory.

But that changed on Wednesday.

Johnson’s firm tinkered with its website to move up Pacur’s first day of operation by a couple of years.

“Founded in 1979*, Pacur occupies a facility constructed specifically for sheet extrusion, which provides polyester and polypropylene sheet and rollstock to converters, distributors, and end users,” the site says now. The footnote points out that Pacur’s predecessor, Wisconsin Industrial Shipping Supplies, came into existence in ’77 before being renamed and restructured two years later.

Why the change?

Here’s one possibility: A Madison TV story said last week that Johnson’s plastics factory paid for construction of a railroad line years ago with the help of a federal grant – even though the candidate is a sharp critic of government help for private firms.

Johnson’s campaign responded by saying the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development made the grant in March 1979, months before Pacur was even founded.

“Ron Johnson moved to Wisconsin in June of 1979 and started Pacur, which has become a true Wisconsin success story,” Johnson’s campaign countered. “Nonetheless, these allegations from WKOW are based entirely on dubious premises.”

The only problem with Johnson’s timeline, however, was Pacur’s own website, which put its founding in 1977. It is not unusual for companies to adopt the corporate histories of their predecessors or firms they acquire, especially if it makes them look like they have deeper roots in a community. Wisconsin Industrial Shipping was owned by Johnson’s brother-in-law, Pat Curler.

But by Wednesday – voila! – Johnson’s company website had been brought in line with statements by Johnson’s campaign. (Source: JS Online)

Interesting occurence don’t you think? Go to the source and read the rest.

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Manitowoc Road not a truck route

Green Bay police have increased enforcement of traffic violations on Manitowoc Road after receiving complaints of speeding and trucks driving off a truck route.

Manitowoc Road is newly resurfaced and is not a truck route, Lt. Brad Florence said in a statement Tuesday.

However, residents have reported increased traffic between Main Street and Greenbrier Road, partly due to a construction project at Main Street and Verlin Road, Florence said.

Police will issue citations for motorists not following the posted speed limit and trucks not following designated truck routes. (Source: Green Bay Press Gazette)

It’s simple.  Just follow the law.  Speeding isn’t going to get you anywhere that much faster.

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