DOT: Crews to suspend construction for holiday weekend

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Construction projects on most major highways will be suspended for the Fourth of July weekend to make room for heavy holiday traffic, according to a release from the Department of Transportation.

Drivers may still see narrow lanes, lane shifts and reduced speeds in work zones, officials said.

Most construction will be done by noon on Friday, and will start back up on Monday, according to the release.

“Peak travel times are expected to be between approximately noon and 8 p.m. on Friday and Sunday,” said Don Greuel, of the WisDOT project services section.

Last year, one person died in a traffic crash in Wisconsin during the Fourth of July holiday period, which ran from Thursday, July 3, through Sunday, July 6, according to the release.

“To help prevent needless deaths and injuries from traffic crashes, the Wisconsin State Patrol and other law enforcement agencies will be out in force during the holiday weekend to crack down on speeding, tailgating, distracted driving, unbuckled drivers and passengers, as well as drunken driving,” said David Pabst, director of the WisDOT Bureau of Transportation Safety.