Troopers see spike in crashes at I-39/90 construction zone

Troopers see spike in crashes at I-39/90 construction zone

Wisconsin State Troopers said they are seeing a spike in traffic crashes at a construction zone on I-39/90 from Madison to Janesville.

During the week of Oct. 16, state troopers responded to three crashes within three days on I-39, which caused lane closures.

Trooper Aaron Peterson said several crashes happen within a seven-mile stretch between mile marker 160 to 153 from Edgerton to Pleasant Springs. Peterson added the roads are curvy and tight, which can make driving challenging.

Peterson said he has already responded to more than 35 crashes in the area this year.
“I’ve doubled my crashes this year than I did last year and it’s not even a full calendar year yet …probably two and a quarter times the amount of crashes, and that’s at midnight when there’s not a lot of crashes,” said Peterson.

Peterson said when roads near the construction zone are closed because of crashes, drivers have nowhere to go which can cause traffic back-ups.

Another challenge for troopers is having fewer crossovers to arrive at a crash scene immediately. Peterson said response times are now delayed by almost 20 minutes.

“Sometimes, if I’m responding to a crash that’s at the 160 northbound and I have to go all the way to the entire zone because there’s concrete barriers limiting me from crossing over,” said Peterson.
State troopers are reminding drivers to slow down, watch their following distance and get rid of any distractions.

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation said constriction from mile marker 160 to 153 is set to be complete in mid-November.

The I-39/90 Expansion Project is scheduled to be completed in 2022.