To help accommodate traffic flow over the Labor Day weekend, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation will temporarily halt work on most highway construction projects around the state. Still, drivers are asked to be alert for work zones, lane restrictions and potential delays. Peak travel periods are expected to occur between noon and 8 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 31, and on Monday, Sept. 3.
Due to recent flooding and the potential for more rainfall, motorists may encounter closed roads or road crews working to reopen flooded highways. Information on state highways impacted by flooding can be found on 511wi.gov. Motorists are advised:
- Be aware of changing travel conditions and drive with caution at all times
- Never drive through standing water or around barriers
- Follow designated detour routes
“As we enter one of the major travel holidays of the year, we’re asking all motorists to buckle up, watch their speed, be patient and stay focused on driving,” said WisDOT Secretary Dave Ross in a DOT news release. “The State Patrol and other law enforcement agencies will be out enforcing traffic laws and assisting stranded motorists, but every safe journey begins and ends with a safe driver.”
State and local law enforcement agencies across Wisconsin will work in greater numbers for longer hours watching for impaired drivers as part of the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign that continues through Labor Day.
Highway construction projects that could affect holiday travel include:
- Milwaukee County: Adjoining projects around the Zoo Interchange continue with ongoing work on the west leg auxiliary lanes and Sunnyslope Road Bridge, the Highway 100 bridge over the Hank Aaron State Trail, and the Interstate-894 resurfacing project. The additional southbound lane is expected to open in September.
- I-94 in Kenosha and Racine counties has impacts from the I-94 North-South project and local work due to the Foxconn development. Traffic currently has two travel lanes in both directions with multiple ramp closures required to construct multiple structures in a very short time frame. Potential delays are anticipated as more motorists travel through the corridor during the holiday weekend.
- Milwaukee County: The Highway 100 project in Hales Corners currently has Janesville Road and Forest Home Avenue closed from Highway 100 to the east where the roads meet. Traffic is detoured via Layton Avenue, 84th Street and Forest Home Avenue.
- Walworth County: Highway 67 is closed to through traffic between Williams Bay and Elkhorn near Lake Geneva. A detour route is posted along I-43 and Highway 50.
- Walworth County: Highway 120 near Lake Geneva is closed from Madaus Road to Como Creek for bridge replacement work. Motorists are being detoured along Highway 11, I-43 and Highway 12.
- Dane and Rock counties: Motorists on I-39/90 should be alert for lane shifts, crossovers and reduced speeds.
- Dane County: Verona Road (Highway 18/151): motorists should be alert for lane shifts and reduced speeds.
- Winnebago County: Highway 116 in the village of Omro and the village of Winneconne is closed and detoured. The Omro detour route includes Highway 21 to I-41 to Highway 45. The Winneconne detour route includes Highway 45 to Highway 41 to Highway 21.
- Winnebago, Calumet and Outagamie counties: Eastbound and westbound Highway 10 have reduced lanes and lane shifts with a 55-mph speed reduction throughout the Highway 441 work zone.
- Brown County: Northbound and southbound lanes of Highway 41/Highway 141 at the Highway B interchange in the village of Suamico have reduced speeds (55 mph) and lane shifts.
- Oneida and Vilas counties: Highway 51/Highway 47 Woodruff/Arbor Vitae is reduced to one lane in each direction with a 12-foot width restriction.
- Shawano County: Highway 29 in eastern Shawano County is reduced to a single lane for each direction, running counter-directional on the eastbound lanes, between Highline Road and Highway C, with an 11-foot width restriction.
- Shawano County: Highway 45 is reduced to a single lane using temporary traffic signals and a 13-foot width restriction for a bridge replacement near Tigerton.
- Menominee County: Highway 47 is reduced to one lane in each direction with a 12-foot width restriction in Keshena.
- Wood County: Highway 13 south of Wisconsin Rapids between Highway 73 and Highway Z is reduced to one lane in each direction.
- Dunn County: Highway 12 (Broadway Street) bridge in Menomonee – all traffic will be single lane on the westbound structure.
- St. Croix County: I-94 (Highway 35 – Highway 12) in Hudson will have nighttime single and double lane closures. Various ramps will be closed with signed detours.
- Barron County: Highway 48 through Rice Lake – bi-directional traffic on eastbound lanes, westbound lanes closed. The Knapp and Hammond intersection will be closed.
- Douglas County: Highway 2/Belknap Street in Superior will have single lane closures between Hill Avenue and Ogden Avenue. A signed truck detour and alternate route are available.
- Bayfield County: Highway 2 bridge in Iron River – reduced speeds over bridge.
- Chippewa County: Highway 124 near the town of Eagle Point is closed for bridge construction. Detour route includes Highway S, Highway 53 and Highway 64.
- Chippewa County: Highway 124 NB (Rushman Drive) will be a single lane of traffic from Bridge Street to Elm Street.