A History of Fire, A Future to Inspire
Peshtigo Chamber of Commerce's Sub-Commitee "Bridge-Out" wants to keep "Business as Usual" during this construction process.
The City of Peshtigo street resurfacing and utility work is completed. All businesses, health care facilities and manufacturers are accessible by normal street routes on both sides of the river. Ongoing projects into the fall include the replacement of city sidewalks, curbing, new landscaping and street lighting for the downtown area of Peshtigo. Projected date for bridge completion is the first week in October. The Peshtigo Historical Society and the City of Peshtigo officials welcome everyone to the dedication ceremony to be held on Monday October 8th. A new monument will be placed at the foot of the bridge in commemoration of the October 8th, 1871 fire which devastated the city of Peshtigo. A formal dedication of the bridge and the uncompleted Riverfront Park is planned for Memorial Day 2013.
Wisconsin Public Service (WPS) will begin the gradual refill of the Peshtigo Dam Reservoir starting Friday, September 14, 2012. Drawdown of the river was done in May and extended due to bridge construction and the special dredging projects of the beds of Trout Creek and the Peshtigo River. Fishing is prohibited until the water levels are returned to normal.ALL BUSINESSES, HEALTH CARE FACILITES AND MANUFACTURERS IN THE CITY OF PESHTIGO ARE OPEN FOR “BUSINESS AS USUAL” Access to all businesses, health care facilities and manufacturers is by Exit 212 and Exit 216 off of US Hwy 41 or other roadways until the completion of the bridge replacement. Please call ahead for information and directions.
Bridge and Road Construction
Consider these ideas.....
How to prepare your business for road construction and closures:
- Consider keeping your business lean to prepare for a possible decrease in business. Reduce inventory, if possible, and consider leaving a vacant position unfilled.
- Gather customer contact information, such as e-mail, phone numbers and addresses. Tell your customers how to get to your business. If you are sending a postcard or flyer, include a map. Develop alternate route maps and use them in you advertising too.
- Develop a Facebook Fan Page so you can keep the general public aware of sales, progress, detours, etc. Facebook is a great resource for social networking.
- Consider a customer loyalty program if you don't already have one. Make sure your loyal customers return again and again and get rewarded for it.
- Work with your employees to come up with ideas that draw customers. Make your employees part of the solution. Consider incentives for ideas that really work.
- Considering a business remodel? Do it during the road work.
- Develop a special slogan for the construction period. During the bridge construction project in Green Bay, a downtown brew pub developed a brew called "Bridge Out Stout."
- Convey the appearance of your business as usual. Present a positive image to your customers and public.
- Make friends with construction crew. Restaurants might consider offering special lunch deals to the construction crew.
- Advertise jointly with other businesses.
- If possible, consider home deliveries to your customers
- Maintain a sense of humor. Construction work has an end date. You may find that the improvements it brings........are worth the wait.
BPM Inc, 200 W. Front St, in Peshtigo has agreed to allow pedestrian and bicycle traffic to utilize our old railroad bridge to cross the Peshtigo River during the time the main bridge is under construction. BPM is currently waiting for the City of Peshtigo to provide documentation that the City will provide liability insurance during the time of usage. The rails have been removed and Aacer Flooring has partnered with us by donating the floor sheeting. Fences will be installed on the sides of the bridge as well as along the designated path to be utilized. A graveled pathway will be constructed along the route. We have discussed lighting along the pathway with WPS. West Front street access will be at a gate halfway between McCagg St. and McGraw St. Lighting on the west end of the bridge will be provided by BPM. All necessary prep work will be completed by June 1. We may look for volunteer help over the next several weeks for flooring installation, clean up and fence install. We will keep you informed.
The pathway designated must be used by all people crossing the river to maintain safety in our facility's parking and shipping lots. These areas are heavily traveled by semi trucks, forklifts, delivery vehicles, as well as employee vehicles. Signs will be constructed to inform people of correct pathways and directions. There will be designated areas on BPM Inc property that may be used for vehicle parking during this time. Vehicles not in the designated areas may be subject to removal/towing at owner's expense.
BPM Inc agrees to provide this as long as it is used appropriately and safely. Should any concern arise regarding the safety of the people of Peshtigo or liability of BPM, the bridge will be closed.
City street map with highlighted areas of road repair including bridge replacement. Signs will be on the highway and in the city to assist travelers. Click anywhere on map to see larger version with legend.