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DOT: Construction will be suspended for holiday travel

Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign will continue through Labor Day weekend

MADISON, Wis. - Construction on most major highways will be suspended for the upcoming holiday weekend, according to a release.

To decrease disruptions to Labor Day travel, construction will be suspended but drivers may still encounter lane restrictions and delays, Wisconsin Department of Transportation officials said.

Peak travel times during the Labor Day weekend are expected to be from noon until 8 p.m. on Friday and Monday, according to the release.

In addition to Labor Day travelers, thousands of motorcyclists will be traveling to and from southeast Wisconsin during the Harley-Davidson 110th Anniversary events in Milwaukee, according to the release. Brewers' games at Miller Park will also add to Milwaukee-area traffic.

"To prevent crashes, drivers must slow down, pay attention and not tailgate when approaching and traveling through work zones," Don Greuel, chief project services engineer for WisDOT said in the release. "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."

Officials said 10 people died in 10 traffic crashes during the Labor Day holiday period in Wisconsin.

Law enforcement officers from approximately 330 agencies throughout Wisconsin will be out to arrest drunken drivers during the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign, according to the release. The national drunken driving crackdown that started Aug. 16 will continue through Labor Day weekend.

Significant road construction projects that may affect highway travel include

  • I-94 N-S, Milwaukee County to Illinois state line
  • US 41 in Brown County
  • I-94 in Eau Claire and Trempealeau counties
  • I-94 in Dunn and St. Croix counties
  • I-39/US 51 Marathon County (open to two lanes with speed reductions)
  • WIS 29 in Marathon County
  • WIS 13/73 Wood County
  • WIS 73/80 in Wood County

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