WisDOT to suspend most major construction over Memorial Day weekend

AAA predicts record holiday travel

Construction on most major highway projects around the state will be suspended to help accommodate holiday travelers during Memorial Day weekend, according to a release from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation.

Most construction work zones will be back open by noon Friday, and crews will not resume work until 6 a.m. Tuesday, officials said. Peak travel times for the weekend are expected to be from noon until 8 p.m. on Friday and Monday.

“Although 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. They will need to stay alert, slow down and not tailgate,” said Beth Cannestra, director of the WisDOT Bureau of Project Development.

During the Memorial Day weekend last year, there were 11 traffic fatalities, according to the release.

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

Zoo Interchange in Milwaukee. Two system ramps are closed: from northbound I-894/45 to westbound I-94, and I-94 westbound to I-894/45 southbound.
Reconstruction of I-794 east of the Marquette Interchange (access to downtown and the lakefront is from Plankinton Avenue).
I-94 north-south corridor is reduced to two lanes at the WIS 20 interchange in Racine County. U.S. 12/WIS 50 interchange in Lake Geneva is reduced to one lane in both directions on U.S. 12. The U.S. 12 westbound offramp to WIS 50 eastbound is closed.
Marathon County U and K/Business 51 interchange reconstruction in Wausau. Reduced speed limit on U.S. 51 between Bridge Street and County K. Eastbound and westbound lanes of County K (Business 51) under U.S. 51 are closed until mid-June. Northbound U.S. 51 offramp to County K is also closed until mid-June.
WIS 54 at the Maple Drive intersection in Plover is scheduled to be closed until early September. WIS 54 traffic is being detoured via I-39 and Portage County B.
Bong Bridge between Duluth and Superior. I-41 in Outagamie and Brown counties and WIS 441 over Little Lake Butte des Morts in Winnebago County. Lane restrictions and speed reductions will slow traffic. In Brown County, lane closure on I-43 northbound between the Leo Frigo Bridge and the I-41/43 interchange. I-90 in La Crosse reduced to one lane of traffic in each direction. Verona Road and the Madison Beltline in Dane County.