DOT to Memorial Day travelers: Watch out for road construction

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MADISON – Although road construction work is stopping over Memorial Day weekend, drivers will still need to slow down in some construction zones, state transportation officials warn.

Workers in most construction zones will stop working by noon on Friday and will not start again until 6 a.m. Tuesday, the DOT says.

“Although most lanes through work zones will be open to handle the heavy holiday traffic, drivers may still encounter narrow lanes, lane shifts and rough pavement,” DOT Project Services chief Don Greuel said in a news release. “They will need to stay alert, slow down, and not tail-gate. Rear-end collisions caused primarily by distracted driving, speeding and following other vehicles too closely are the most frequent type of crash when approaching and driving through work zones.”

Construction zones that could impact traffic include:

  • US 41 in Brown County
  • US 41 will be reduced from three to two lanes in both directions in Winnebago County
  • WIS 23 between Green Lake and Ripon, traffic detoured during construction
  • Hoan Bridge in Milwaukee
  • 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
  • Verona Road and the Madison Beltline in Dane County
  • US 12 in Dane County, Fish Hatchery Road to I-39/90 and Mineral Point Road to Terrace Avenue
  • I-39/90/94 and US 151 interchange in Dane County
  • I-90 near La Crosse/Onalaska
  • US 51/County U/K interchange in Marathon County
  • US 51 (Minocqua/Woodruff) reduced to one lane in each direction between Old Hwy 70 and 3rd Avenue
  • Bong Bridge between Duluth and Superior
  • St. Croix Crossing at Stillwater, Minnesota
  • I-94 between Menomonie and Black River Falls

Meanwhile, law enforcement officers will be out looking for people not wearing their seat belts as part of the “Click It or Ticket” initiative, which runs through June 1.

Five people died in Wisconsin roads over Memorial Day weekend last year, the DOT says. Over the past five years, an average of eight people per year died on Wisconsin roads over the Memorial Day weekend.

Peak travel times are expected to be from noon-8 p.m. on Friday and Monday.

For current road conditions in Wisconsin, call 511 or visit 511wi.gov.

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