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Oneida St. bridge undergoing major rehab project

Post Date:03/26/2015

If you are one of the 14,000 drivers who use the Oneida Street bridge each day, you may want to plan for extra time for the next few months.

Starting March 30, the bridge will be narrowed to one lane in each direction through September for a $2.3 million rehabilitation project. The bridge can still handle the normal volume of traffic with the lane restrictions during construction, but drivers will see some delays, especially at peak travel times. 

Oneida Bridge Reconstruction

The joint project with the Wisconsin Department of Transportation includes a new concrete surface, bike lanes and new traffic lights at Prospect/Oneida. It also includes new wiring and navigation lights and painting of some of the girders. 

In addition to the work on the bridge, pavement will be replaced at the intersection of Prospect Avenue and Oneida Street. Drivers will not be able to access Oneida Street from Prospect Avenue or turn onto Prospect Avenue from Oneida Street for the duration of the project. Oneida Street will remain open. The pavement at the intersection will be replaced along with the lighting upgrade. 

According to the schedule provided by the DOT the work will be completed in three stages. The first stage will shift traffic to the southbound lanes of the bridge from March 30 to mid-June. The second stage will shift traffic to the northbound lanes from mid-June to the end of August. The last stage of the project will shift traffic to the outside lanes in each direction while median work is completed by the end of September. 

The last major rehabilitation project on the nearly 35-year-old bridge was a painting project in 1998. 

Appleton Communications Coordinator Chad Doran can be reached at (920) 832-5814 or chad.doran@appleton.org

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