City Officials, Chamber members,Congressmen and honored guests were on hand. Various restaurants that were affected by the renovation provided purchased food items: Wagner Shell, Subway, Z Cheese, Happy Garden, Jenny’s Mobil, Thompson’s County Market, Wayne’s Family Restaurant. Mayor Tom Fulton was the Master of Ceremonies and called the highway “our second Main Street.”
There are new curbs and gutters and fence and boulevard along the riverfront. He stated that these are “all things to show visitors we’re running our city well.” This was a $1.5 million project started in June. Business 41 now has 12 foot wide lanes with a 10 foot median. On the rest of the highway, yellow lines mark a turning lane. There is also a 10 foot wide bike lane on the west side of the highway.
Two state legislators attended the dedication: Senator Dave Hanson who commended the City for getting this project done and State Rep. John Nygren indicated that because today many people no longer live close to their jobs, good roads are an important part of the economy.
The state paid for the reconstruction project, however city officials decided to handle the project. The dedication wrapped up with a blessing of the highway by Pastor Craig Alwin. A reception followed at the Riverview Inn & Suites.
This event was sponsored by Northeast Asphalt of Green Bay, Peters Concrete of Green Bay, the City of Oconto and the Oconto Area Chamber of Commerce.