DOT releases Fourth of July travel outlook

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MADISON - Even though most construction will be stopping during the Fourth of July weekend, state transportation officials are still warning drivers about narrow lanes and lane shifts.

On most major projects, construction is scheduled to stop around noon July 3. It won't start up again until July 7, the DOT says. Rear-end crashes are the most common in work zones. They're often a result of drivers following too closely when coming up to and driving through work zones.

“To help prevent needless deaths and injuries from traffic crashes, the Wisconsin State Patrol and other law enforcement agencies will be out in force during the holiday weekend to crackdown on speeding, tailgating, distracted driving, unbuckled drivers and passengers, as well as drunken driving,” David Pabst, director of the State Patrol Bureau of Transportation Safety, said in a news release. “The goal is not to write more tickets. We’re simply trying to motivate drivers to comply voluntarily with traffic laws during the holiday period and throughout the year.”

Last year, four people died in crashes on Wisconsin roads during the Fourth of July weekend, according to the DOT.

Road construction zones that could impact travel include:

Northeast Region:

  • US 41 in Brown County is reduced to two lanes with narrow lanes and limited shoulders

  • US 41 will be reduced from three to two lanes in both directions in Winnebago County

  • 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

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

Southwest Region:

  • 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

North Central Region:

  • US 51/County U/K interchange in Marathon County

  • US 51 in Minocqua/Woodruff between Old Highway 70 and 3rd Avenue

  • WIS 23 between Green Lake and Ripon, traffic detoured during construction

Northwest Region:

  • Bong Bridge between Duluth and Superior

  • WIS 13 near Cornucopia

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