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WisDOT Radio Newsline

November 21, 2014

Thanksgiving holiday travelers, deer hunters and football fans will combine to make highways busy over the next week. Travel is expected to be heavy today (11/21) and again on Wednesday (11/26). But Sunday Nov. 30 is shaping up as the heaviest travel day as Packer fans head to and from Green Bay, along with hunters and holiday travelers headed home. While most highway construction has ended for the season, work continues on some larger projects. No matter where you’re headed, the advice for motorists is the same. Buckle-up. Be patient and alert. Watch your speed, and for the possibility of traffic slowing in front of you. Audio


Traffic safety and law enforcement officials are hoping for zero fatalities along Wisconsin roadways over the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday period. Last year, 11 people died in Wisconsin traffic crashes from 6 p.m. on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving until midnight the following Sunday. Decreased hours of daylight, an active deer population, and rapidly changing weather conditions can all create challenges for drivers this time of year. Before your trip, check the 511 Travel Information System for the latest on road conditions and possible delays.


Despite the change in seasons, the Wisconsin State Patrol continues to use its “eyes in the sky” to watch for traffic violators and enhance safety for everyone on our roadways. The State Patrol operates three specially-equipped aircraft that can detect speeders, aggressive drivers and other violations. Pilots communicate with officers on the ground for enforcement action. Last year, the State Patrol’s Air Support Unit conducted more than 60 aerial enforcement missions that resulted in more than 1,500 traffic citations. In an effort to get drivers to voluntarily slow down, Wisconsin DOT is tweeting the times and locations of aerial speed enforcements. Receive these notices by following WisDOT on Twitter - @WisconsinDOT #WisDOT. Audio


The unusually cold weather and ice on the Wisconsin River have resulted in a temporary closure of the Merrimac ferry which serves WIS 113 between Columbia and Sauk counties. The state’s only free ferry is expected to resume operations with warming temperatures expected in the next few days. The ferry is owned by the Wisconsin DOT and operated by the Columbia County Highway Department.

For more information, contact:

Rob Miller, WisDOT Office of Public Affairs
(608) 266-2405,

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