Most most major highway construction projects in Wisconsin will be suspended this Labor Day weekend. But that doesn’t mean motorists won’t still encounter lane restrictions and traffic delays. The Wisconsin Department of Transportation cautions that heavy traffic is expected throughout the holiday period. Peak travel times will be from noon until 8:00 p.m. on both Friday, September 4, and Monday, September 7.
You should allow sufficient time to reach your destination. Increased traffic during the holiday weekend will make driving through work zones especially challenging. 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. Last year, six people died in traffic crashes in Wisconsin during the Labor Day holiday period.
Significant highway construction projects that may affect holiday travel include:
· Zoo Interchange in Milwaukee. Two system ramps are closed: from northbound I-894/45 to westbound I-94, and I-94 westbound to I-894/45 southbound.
· Reconstruction of I-794 east of the Marquette Interchange. Utilize the James Lovell Street/St. Paul Avenue exit from the west. Use the Plankinton Avenue exit when approaching from the south.
· I-94 north-south corridor is reduced to two lanes at the WIS 20 interchange in Racine County.
· I-41 in Winnebago, Outagamie and Brown counties and WIS 441 over Little Lake Butte des Morts in Winnebago County. Lane restrictions and speed reductions will slow traffic.
· In Brown County, lane closure on I-43 northbound between the Leo Frigo Bridge and the I-41/43 interchange.
· I-39 at Reserve Street, north of Stevens Point, speed reduction to 55 mph.
· I-39/Business 51 interchange at Rothschild, reduced lane widths and speed reduction to 55 mph.
· WIS 29 near Rothschild, westbound WIS 29 at the Business 51 interchange is reduced to a single lane with a speed reduction to 55 mph.
· Bong Bridge between Duluth and Superior. US 2 westbound down to a single lane. US 2 eastbound closed with marked detour in place.
· I-90 in La Crosse reduced to one lane of traffic in each direction.
· Verona Road and the Madison Beltline in Dane County.
· WIS 73, between I-39/90 and US 12/18, in Dane County is closed to through traffic.
For up-to-the-minute information on work zones and incidents that may affect highway travel, motorists can access the state’s 511 travel information system by dialing 511 on a phone or visiting 511wi.gov on the web. Statewide travel information also is now available via Twitter. 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.