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Heavy traffic expected to kick off Memorial Day weekend

Peak travel expected Friday, Monday

MADISON, Wis. - Heavy traffic is expected late Friday as the Memorial Day holiday weekend gets underway.

Most major highway projects will be suspended during the busy Memorial Day travel weekend, according to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation.

Construction in most work zones will end by noon on Friday and not resume until 6 a.m. on Tuesday.

"While most lanes through work zones will be open to handle the heavy holiday traffic, drivers may still encounter narrow lanes, lane shifts and rough pavement," said Don Greuel, chief of DOT Project Services.

Peak travel times are expected to be from noon until 8 p.m. on both Friday and Monday.

Significant road construction projects that may affect highway travel during the Memorial Day weekend include the following:

• Marquette Interchange in Milwaukee County
• I-94 North-South, Milwaukee County to Illinois state line
• I-43 in Milwaukee County
• Bayview Bridge in Door County
• I-43 Leo Frigo Bridge in Green Bay (Only one lane open southbound over the Memorial Day holiday. Both lanes northbound will be open.)
• US 41 in Brown County
• I-94 in Eau Claire and Trempealeau counties
• I-94 in St. Croix County
• US 12/18 Madison Beltline
• I-39/US 51 Marathon and Portage counties
• WIS 29 in Marathon County
• US 51 in Oneida County
• WIS 73 in Wood County

On average during the last five years, nine people died in Memorial Day weekend traffic crashes, according to the DOT. Eight deaths were reported the same weekend in 2012.

More than 400 law enforcement agencies in Wisconsin will be conducting special enforcement through the weekend.

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