Beginning Monday, February 27, the Wisconsin Department
of Transportation (WisDOT) is scheduled to resume work
on the reconstruction of the new bridges along I-41,
over the Kohlsville River, in Washington County.
Last year, initial work involved partial bridge
construction and temporary pavement widening of I-41 to
prepare for temporarily splitting traffic and utilizing
a median crossover. That traffic split is now going into
effect for both lanes of I-41 southbound. To maximize
traffic flow in the area, both lanes of I-41 southbound
will be open to traffic with one lane crossing over to
the northbound roadway and the other remaining on the
southbound roadway. This traffic split is scheduled to
handle traffic in its final configuration on Wednesday,
To allow for the new lane configuration, the I-41
southbound exit ramp to County D will be temporarily
closed for the day on Wednesday, March 1. Once the ramp
closure is lifted, those looking to access the County D
exit ramp from I-41 southbound should stay in the right
lane. Please note that both lanes heading northbound
will still be open to traffic.
This traffic pattern will be in place from late February
to late June, 2017.
To implement this traffic pattern safely, work zone
speeds will be adjusted to 55mph. Wisconsin State Patrol
will be enforcing these speeds in the area.
These tips can help you get in and out of a work zone
• Don’t fool around. Eliminate distractions like eating,
drinking, talking on the phone, or fiddling with
• Give yourself room. Rear-end collisions are the most
common work zone crashes, so don’t tailgate.
• Be patient. If you don’t see workers, that doesn’t
mean they’re not there. Observe the signs until you see
one that says you’ve left the work zone.
• Follow the law. Slow down and move over, if possible,
when you see flashing lights.
More information about the project can be found on 511