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Part of Highway 41 closing this weekend due to construction


GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - Drivers in the Green Bay area will have to deal with a major traffic headache this weekend.

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation says the northbound lanes of Highway 41 will be closed from Shawano Avenue (Highway 29) to Velp Avenue between 8 p.m. Friday and 5 a.m. Monday.

The DOT suggests the following detour routes:

  • Hwy. 41 to Hwy. 172 eastbound to I-43 northbound to Hwy. 41
  • Hwy. 41 to Hwy. 29 to Military Ave. north to Velp Ave. west to Hwy. 41
  • Both the Hwy. 29 (Shawano Ave.) on-ramp to northbound Hwy. 41 and the Hwy. 54 (Mason St.) on-ramp to Hwy. 41 are closed.
  • The detour for Hwy. 29 eastbound to Hwy. 41 northbound is Hwy. 29 to Military Ave. north to Velp Ave. west to Hwy. 41.
  • Click here for more information and for detour routes

DOT officials say they're working with NEW Water to install a sewer pipe as part of the U.S. Highway 41 expansion project.

In January, the DOT says a machine used to bore beneath the road and install the 5-foot diameter pipe 30 feet underground got stuck. Workers then used another piece of equipment to try and reach the stuck borehead.

The "Jack Sleeve," which the DOT says is the largest pipe hammer in the world, is approaching the area from the opposite direction. But last Thursday, the Jack Sleeve hit an unknown obstruction 28 feet underground. the DOT says workers will have to dig out the northbound lanes of the highway, remove the obstruction and fix the road. The pipe will then be placed under the road.

The DOT says the problem could not be predicted, and that everyone did their jobs correctly. The DOT is paying 90 percent of the cost of removing the obstruction, which is expected to be between $750,000 and $1.5 million.