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DOT: Most road construction complete, travelers may still see backups

Heavy traffic volume expected Wednesday, Sunday

MADISON, Wis. - Officials remind drivers traveling during the Thanksgiving holiday that they may encounter some ongoing roadwork in addition to heavy traffic.

Traffic is expected to be heavy on Wednesday when drivers travel for Thanksgiving, officials said. The heaviest traffic day on major highways is projected to be Sunday, when deer hunters and holiday travelers return home.

Most major highway construction projects have ended for the year, but there are several ongoing projects across the state, according to a release.

"Although drivers generally won't have to deal with detours on major highways due to construction projects, there are some areas where lane restrictions and reduced speeds may still be in place," said Don Greuel, chief project services engineer for the Wisconsin Department of Transportation.

Heavy holiday traffic may cause sudden and unexpected backups, so officials advise drivers to slow down and pay attention. Drivers should also be prepared for inclement weather by checking road conditions before traveling.

Highway projects that would affect Thanksgiving travel include:

  • Highway 41 – Green Bay
  • Leo Frigo Bridge – Green Bay
  • Zoo Interchange – Milwaukee
  • Hoan Bridge – Milwaukee

Last year, five people died in traffic crashes during the Thanksgiving holiday period, which runs from 6 p.m. on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving to midnight on Sunday, according to the release.

To help prevent crashes WisDOT will display traffic safety messages on electronic signs on major freeways during the holiday period.

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