TRAFFIC WATCH: Tow Trucks, Patrols on Roads Ahead of Hunt - WBAY

TRAFFIC WATCH: Tow Trucks, Patrols on Roads Ahead of Hunt

Brown County -

Excitement is high as deer hunters hit the road to reach their favorite spot before the gun-deer season begins Saturday.

While hunters are excited, Brown County law enforcement are concerned about heavy traffic in an area already dealing with congestion from the closure of the I-43 Leo Frigo Bridge and Highway 41 road construction.

The Sheriff's Office and Ashwaubenon Public Safety are out monitoring the traffic and they are expecting major back ups on Highway 41 Friday night through Saturday.

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation also has crews out on the roads.  Two tow trucks will patrol 41 and Highway 172 to help clear any potential accidents or other incidents that would hold up traffic.

The DOT is depending on tow truck driver Dale Flavion to clean up any accidents along Highways 41 and 172 on what could be the busiest traffic night of the year.

With 30 years of tow truck experience, Dale knows he'll have to work quickly to prevent serious back ups.

"If they are out of gas, flat tire, broke down, accident a lot of times I'm the first one there," said Flavion.

As a part of the US 41 Project, Dale and another driver are paid by the state to patrol Highways 41 and 172, always on call to help clean up and clear the freeways.

"They're in communication with law enforcement and their dispatch, and also if they are just driving by and see a disabled motorist they'll turn around and provide that assistance," said Scott Nelson, WisDOT Traffic engineer.

Working the Highway 41 Corridor  for over a year Dale, says he's responded to 911 calls and his responsibility is to prevent disaster.

"It keeps people off the roadway. You've got an accident people are walking around on the roadway, you've got debris out on the roadway, we try to pick that up as much as we can," said Flavion. "I think it's very critical that we're up there."

Having tow trucks ready to respond at any moment is going a long way in managing large amounts of traffic.

"Law enforcement really appreciates getting those vehicles off just for avoiding any of those secondary incidents, so it's been very well received," said Nelson.

Two of those state funded tow trucks will be working until 9 p.m. Friday.  They will be back in action Saturday morning as traffic delays are expected into Saturday night.



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