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Mike McCarthy Ave. hits a $450,000 roadblock

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Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy (Reuters)
Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy (Reuters)

GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - A proposal to rename a street in honor of Super Bowl XLV winning Packers Coach Mike McCarthy has taken another stumble. 

The Green Bay Plan Commission heard from city staff Monday night about the $450,000 price tag from the state transportation department and voted to not recommend the current proposal.

Other concerns were expressed about the cost to homeowners and businesses along Ashland Avenue who would have to change their mailing address to Mike McCarthy Avenue. 

The Plan Commission wants to bring the proposal back and to get a better break down of costs and cheaper alternatives for renaming Ashland Avenue.

The Packers as well as the coach would like to see “Mike” added to the street sign that orginally called for McCarthy Way.  But Plan Commission members scoffed at the idea, because adding “Mike” would cost the Wisconsin Department of Transportation nearly half million dollars to change highway signs, because the length goes behind the standard sign. 

If “Mike” is not included it would costs between $5,000 and $10,000 for state taxpayers. 

City staff has not estimated what the cost would be for Green Bay taxpayers. 

A proposal to rename Ridge Road back in 2011 failed to even make it to committee because all the backlash from homeowners and businesses.

The renaming is also contingent on Ashwaubenon and De Pere, because Ashland runs through their municipalities.

De Pere took up the proposal in early July, only to punt it back to their Plan Committee for further analysis. 

Ashwaubenon was expected to take up the street renaming in the coming weeks, but that could change now that Green Bay is hesitant on making the first move. 

The proposal was voted down 5-2 at the Plan Commission.

The measure still heads to the City Council, just without a recommendation. 

Council members could make a decision themselves.

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