To minimize disruptions for Labor Day
holiday travelers in Wisconsin, most major highway construction
projects will be suspended during the three-day weekend.
However, motorists may still encounter lane restrictions and
traffic delays, according to the Wisconsin Department of
Traffic is expected to be heavy throughout
the holiday period with peak travel times likely to occur from
noon until 8 p.m. on both Friday, Aug. 29, and Monday, Sept. 1.
Drivers should give themselves sufficient time to reach their
destination and be patient when encountering traffic congestion.
Increased traffic during the holiday will make driving through
work zones especially challenging, according to Don Greuel,
WisDOT’s chief project services engineer.
“To prevent crashes, drivers must slow
down, pay attention and not tailgate when approaching and
traveling through work zones. Rear-end collisions caused
primarily by speeding, distracted driving and following other
vehicles too closely are the most frequent type of crash in work
zones,” Greuel says.
Last year, 10 people died in 10 traffic
crashes in Wisconsin during the Labor Day holiday period. To
prevent deaths and injuries, law enforcement officers from
nearly 400 agencies throughout the state will be out in force to
arrest drunken drivers during the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled
Over” campaign, according to David Pabst, director of the WisDOT
Bureau of Transportation Safety. The national drunken driving
crackdown, which started on Aug. 15, will continue through Labor
The State Patrol also will be using its
aircraft for aerial enforcement. The dates, times and locations
of many of the aerial enforcement missions will be announced in
advance on Twitter (@WisconsinDOT, #WisDOT).
Road construction projects that may impact
travel and where motorists may encounter delays especially
during peak travel periods include:
Zoo Interchange in Milwaukee County
Hoan Bridge in Milwaukee County
I-94 north-south corridor, reduced to two lanes
between WIS 142 and WIS 158 in Kenosha County, and at the WIS 20
interchange in Racine County
US 41 at WIS 144 near Slinger
Verona Road (US 18/151) and the Madison Beltline
(US 12/14/18/151) in Dane County
I-39/90, south of the US 12/18/Beltline
interchange in Dane County, lane shifts and reduced speeds
WIS 73 in Dane County closed to through traffic
between I-39/90 and US 12/18
I-90 near La Crosse/Onalaska
North Central Region:
US 51/County U/K interchange in Marathon County
WIS 23 between Green Lake and Ripon, traffic
detoured during construction
WIS 29 east of Abbotsford will remain open to
traffic, but motorists can expect single lane closures on
westbound WIS 29.
Bong Bridge between Duluth and Superior
US 41 in Brown County is reduced to two lanes with
narrow lanes and limited shoulders.
Two US 41 interchanges in Brown County are closed
– at Lineville Road and also at Shawano Avenue.
US 41 in Winnebago County – narrow lanes and
reduced speeds at US 10/WIS 441
US 141 bridge over the Wausaukee River in
Marinette County – northbound traffic will remain open,
southbound traffic will be detoured through the village of
For up-to-the-minute information on work
zones and incidents that may affect highway travel, motorists
can use the state’s 511 travel information system by dialing 511
on a phone or visiting Wisconsin 511 online (www.511wi.gov).
Statewide travel information is also now available via Twitter (https://twitter.com/511WI)
at Wisconsin511@511WI. Easy links to various 511 Twitter sites,
as well as to other WisDOT social media sites, are available on
WisDOT’s Stay Connected webpage (http://www.dot.wisconsin.gov/util/stayconnected.htm).
To eliminate distractions while behind the wheel, drivers should
use mobile communication devices only when their vehicle is
completely stopped and off the traveled portion of the roadway.