Although most highway construction has wrapped up for the year, deer hunters and other motorists traveling during Thanksgiving holiday could still encounter a few work zones and should prepare for the possibility of heavy traffic along key travel corridors.
The Wisconsin Department of Transportation expects peak travel periods to occur between noon and 8 p.m. on Nov. 21 and again on Nov. 25 when hunters and holiday travelers head home. Motorists should be aware of increased deer activity this time of year, especially during early morning and early evening hours.
“To help ensure a safe, enjoyable Thanksgiving holiday, we’re asking all motorists to plan ahead, buckle-up, be patient and alert,” WisDOT Secretary Dave Ross said in a news release. “The Wisconsin State Patrol and other law enforcement agencies will be out enforcing traffic laws and assisting stranded motorists. If you see emergency vehicles stopped along the highway with warning lights flashing, move over a lane if possible. Slow down and stay focused on the traffic in front of you.”
Motorists can get updated information on travel conditions, work zones and incidents by dialing 511 or visiting 511wi.gov. Wisconsin’s 511 website was recently updated to reflect winter road conditions. Statewide travel information also is available via Twitter at @511WI.