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Construction on most major highways will be halted for Labor Day weekend

August 26, 2014

‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’ crackdown on drunken driving continues

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 Transportation (WisDOT).

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, August 29, and Monday, September 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 August 15, will continue through Labor Day.

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:

Southeast Region:

  • 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

Southwest Region:

  • 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.

Northwest Region:

  • Bong Bridge between Duluth and Superior

Northeast Region:

  • 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 Wausaukee.

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. Statewide travel information is also now available via Twitter 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 web page. 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.

For more information, contact:
Don Greuel, Bureau of Project Development
(608) 267-7774,

David Pabst, Bureau of Transportation Safety
(608) 266-3048,



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