GREEN BAY, Wis. (WFRV) - Driving through downtown Green Bay will be a bit trickier the next two months.
The busy Ray Nitschke bridge, on Main Street, is closing.
The bridge is only 14 year old but crews need fix rusty parts that keep triggering warnings.
"We have never had a situation where the operation has been compromised, never had a situation where public safety has been harmed or called into question" says Steve Grenier, Asst. Director of Public Works for Green Bay.
The project involves removing counter weights on the back side of the bridge.
They have rusted over the years partially because of road salt.
According to Grenier "We are going to take those plates out, have them cleaned, re-coated, galvanized so they won't rust in the future".
This is not the first time Titletown Brewing Company has dealt with a detour.
It actually opened in 1996 while the Nitschke bridge was being built.
"I like to think that we are a destination" says Brent Weycker, President of Titletown Brewing Company. "Last time when the bridge shut down it was pretty major, a couple of years, 3 years and people found a way to get here. Now we are established people will find a way to get here".
The Farm Market on Broadway is already a busy night downtown.
"Throw in the complication of a freight train or boat coming through. It can be a bit of a wait" says Christopher Naumann, Executive Director, On Broadway Inc.
Police will be on hand Wednesday nights to help drivers navigate the orange barrels.
"It is just going to be exercising some patience give yourself some extra travel time" says Naumann.
An alternate route will be marked.
"Detouring will be primarily on Walnut Street, with some spillover capability on Mason Street" explains Grenier.
When the beer "Bridge Out Stout" comes on line this fall at Titletown, they are hoping the name will already be a blast from the past.
"Hopefully they fix [the bridge] and it will work fine and we won't have to deal with this again in our lifetime" says Weycker.
The bridge is expected to re-open in mid November, sooner if weather cooperates.