DOT: Heavy traffic expected for Family Night, AirVenture

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MADISON – It’s going to be a big weekend on area highways and state transportation officials are asking drivers to give themselves extra time to travel to popular attractions.

On Saturday, traffic is expected to be heavy for both Packers Family Night, presented by Bellin Health, and EAA AirVenture. The heaviest congestion and backups are expected to be at the Hwy. 41/172 interchange in Brown County. Heavy traffic is also expected in the Oshkosh area.

Peak travel times are expected to be between 3 and 7:30 p.m.

While the DOT says construction will stop for the weekend, there will still be temporary barrier walls, narrow lanes and orange barrels.

Major road projects in the area include:

US 41

All construction on US 41 will cease for the weekend, although barrier walls, narrow lanes, and orange barrels will be present in various locations.

  • Brown County
    • Drivers will encounter 11-foot travel lanes and reduced shoulders in multiple locations along a 10-mile segment of highway. The speed limit is reduced to 55 mph from just south of Grant Street to Lineville Road. Temporary barrier walls at various locations will cause traffic to slow.
  • Winnebago County
    • US 41 northbound and southbound are reduced from 3 lanes to 2 lanes between Snell Road and County G. Two lanes of traffic will be maintained in each direction.

WIS 172 and US 41/WIS 172 interchange

  • Brown County
    • Eastbound WIS 172 to northbound US 41 ramp is closed for reconstruction. Eastbound WIS 172 traffic wanting to exit to Lambeau Field will continue east on WIS 172 and take the Oneida Street/Ashland Avenue exit.
    • Expect congestion on northbound US 41 where the WIS 172 westbound ramp merges with US 41 northbound.  

I-43

  • Brown County
    • The speed limit is reduced to 55 mph on I-43 between Atkinson Drive and US 41.  

WIS 29

  • Brown County
    • WIS 29 has narrower shoulders due to temporary barrier wall at various locations that will cause traffic to slow.
    • WIS 29/Shawano Avenue between Packerland Drive and Taylor Street is closed for reconstruction; this includes all four US 41 exit and entrance ramps at Shawano Avenue.
      • WIS 29 westbound is detoured south on Military Avenue to Mason Street, Mason west to US 41 and US 41 north to WIS 29.
      • WIS 29 eastbound is detoured south on US 41 to WIS 172, WIS 172 east to I-43, and I-43 south to WIS 29.
    • Access to and from US 41 via the new free-flow interchange ramps will be available.  

WIS 32/57

  • Calumet County
    • The intersection of US 10 and WIS 32/57 in Forest Junction will be closed for construction of a roundabout. WIS 32/57 detour route follows WIS 32/57 to County HR to US 10 to County PP to County K to WIS 32/57.  

I-43

  • Ozaukee County
  • Traffic will be reduced to one lane on both I-43 north and south at County LL, near Fredonia. Delays of several miles are anticipated. WisDOT is encouraging northbound traffic to take alternate routes, if possible. The recommended alternate route follows WIS 57 northbound to WIS 23 eastbound, back to I-43.

Real-time traffic information is available at 511wi.gov or by calling 511.

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