Major Village Projects

Bay Shore Drive Reconstruction Project:

The culmination of a multi year planning effort, the HWY 42/Bay Shore Drive Reconstruction Project by the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, complete all of the major public works projects in our downtown.

The Project will include:

  • An upgraded, 54″ Storm Sewer Main and Connecting Laterals
  • A Widened 6′ Sidewalks
  • A Multi-Purpose “Bike” Lane
  • Decorative LED Street Lighting
  • An Enhanced, Steel Reinforced, Concrete Road Base
  • Colored Concrete Crosswalks

The project is scheduled to be completed in May of 2016.

For updates and traffic information, please visit: DOT 511 Project Information 


Sister Bay Beach Project:

The Sister Bay Beach Project represents the largest Urban Beach environment in Door County.  Featuring unique design elements that enhance public access, our project was the recipient of approximately $534,000.00 in Federal and State Grant Monies, including the Wisconsin DNR Stewardship Grant Program and the Federal Recreation Trails Grant Program.  The total construction part of the project will cost approximately $1,200,000.00.  The Village has budgeted for this project over many years, and with the addition of the grant monies, is almost entirely paid for before completion.

The Beach features roughly 600′ of sandy shore, dimension stone seating, rainwater gardens, and a full length, repurposed brick paver sidewalk.  The Bricks from this sidewalk will be reclaimed from the “Old Helm’s Cottage Parking Lot” right across the street.

The Beach will be protected by “Marked Swim Bouys” which will stretch from the swim dock over to the new rock groin, giving Sister Bay Swimmers one of the largest play areas in Door County.

This project is scheduled to be completed by the 4th week of July, with restoration fully taking place in the Spring of 2016.

Want to see more?

 View Beach Plans Here


Sister Bay Sledding Hill Project:

Originally contemplated by our Parks Committee as a “kiddie hill” alternative from “Hill 17”, the Sister Bay Sledding Hill project got a boost out of a need to save money on the Beach Project. Over  7000 cubic yards of material needed to be excavated from the new Beach Project, and that material needed to be disposed of somewhere.  The options: dispose of in a pit at a cost of over $40,000, or re-purpose the material into an awesome winter activity area for residents and visitors to enjoy.


Downtown Overhead Utility Line Burial Project:

In 1972, the Village Board inquired into the idea of burying all of the lines located on utility poles throughout the Downtown.  At the time, the project was estimated to cost over $70,000.  Being more concerned with the new Water and Sanitary Sewer systems, the Board elected to place the project on hold.  In 2015, over 30 years later, the Village has completed a major milestone in enhancing aesthetic beauty, reduced hazards to loss of power, and promoting economic development by burying all overhead utility lines.  The Village Board and Staff have worked diligently to balance the public demand for completion of projects from the Downtown Redevelopment Plan, with the associated costs of rapid implementation.   Over the last two years, the Village has sold $890,000 in real estate, earmarked to pay for this project, as well as placed an additional $100,000 into the Village’s Capital Savings accounts; based on original engineering estimates, these monies will almost completely pay for the project.