WISCONSIN (WBAY) - About 700,000 Wisconsin residents are expected to travel 50 miles or more for the Memorial Day holiday weekend, according to AAA.
Construction work will cease during the long weekend, but the Wisconsin Department of Transportation urges people to take it slow in those zones. They're pulling as many orange barrels as possible, but some lanes may still be closed.
In WBAY's viewing area these include:
Brown County: I-43 is reduced to a single lane in each direction between WIS 96 in Denmark and the WIS 172/I-43 ramps in Green Bay.
Manitowoc County: I-43 in southern Manitowoc County is reduced to a single lane in each direction. As these lane reductions may result in traffic back-ups and/or slow travel, motorists may wish to consider using I-41 through Fond du Lac, Winnebago, Outagamie and Brown counties as an alternate north/south route.
Waupaca County: WIS 22 in Clintonville is closed between 13th Street and WIS 156. Through traffic is detoured via 7th St., N. Lyon St., E. 12th St., SSGT Warren Hansen Drive, and WIS 156.
Winnebago County: I-41 northbound and southbound lanes near US 10 have a 55 mph speed reduction and lane shifts throughout the WIS 441 Tri-Project work zone. Eastbound and westbound US 10 also have a 55 mph speed reduction through the work zone.
The DOT says contractors will halt construction by noon on Friday, May 26, and will resume work at 6 a.m. Tuesday, May 30.
Peak travel time is expected during these hours:
Friday, May 26: noon - 8 p.m.
Monday, May 29: noon - 8 p.m.
There is a state law against using a handheld mobile device in work zones, and that will be enforced.
Law enforcement will be conducting the Click It or Ticket campaign and pulling people over for seat belt violations.
The DOT says 10 people died in traffic crashes during the 2016 Memorial Day weekend.
“We want everyone to reach their destinations safely, but that requires all motorists to do their part by buckling up, being alert and responsible behind the wheel,” said David Pabst, Director of WisDOT’s Bureau of Transportation Safety. “To help prevent traffic deaths and injuries, law enforcement agencies across Wisconsin are watching for unbuckled drivers and passengers as part of the Click It or Ticket mobilization that continues through June 4th.”
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