DOT: Highway projects on hold for holiday, motorists may still see delays

Motorists may encounter narrow lanes, lane shifts, reduced speeds

Published On: Jun 30 2013 11:03:14 AM CDT
MADISON, Wis. -

Motorists may still see road construction during the Fourth of July holiday even though most major highway projects in will be suspended, according to a release.

Motorists might still encounter narrow lanes and lane shifts, which require reduced speeds in work zones, according to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation in a release.

“To keep holiday traffic flowing as smoothly as possible, most construction and planned repairs in work zones will cease by around noon on Wedesday and will resume on Friday. On some highways, construction might not resume until Monday, July 8,” Don Greuel of the WisDOT Project Services Section said in the release. “However, heavy traffic during the holiday will still make driving through work zones especially challenging.”

With a Thursday holiday and many people on vacation through the weekend, traffic may be more spread out, according to the release.

Peak travel times are expected to be between noon and 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday, according to the release.

“To prevent crashes, drivers must slow down, pay attention and not tailgate when approaching and traveling through work zones,” said Greuel. “Rear-end collisions caused primarily by speeding, distracted driving and following other vehicles too closely are the most frequent type of crash in work zones.”

With increased traffic during the holiday period, the State Patrol and other Wisconsin law enforcement agencies will be out in force to help save lives and prevent injuries from traffic crashes, according to the release.

“Officers will have zero tolerance for speeding and other dangerous violations that frequently cause crashes,” said Wisconsin State Patrol Maj. Sandra Huxtable of the Bureau of Transportation Safety. “As part of the Wisconsin Department of Transportation’s Summer of Safety initiatives, the State Patrol will continue to use its aircraft for traffic enforcement during the Fourth of July holiday period and throughout the summer.”

Significant road construction projects that may affect highway travel include:.

For up-to-the-minute information on work zones and incidents that may affect highway travel, officials said motorists can use the state’s 511 travel information system by dialing 511 on a phone or visiting 511.wi.gov on the web.