Labor Day travel includes lane restrictions, flooding

Several construction zones in place locally
By: 

Leader Staff

To help accommodate traffic flow over the Labor Day weekend, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation will temporarily halt work on most highway construction projects around the state.

Still, drivers will need to watch out for work zones, lane restrictions and potential delays. Peak travel periods are expected to occur between noon and 8 p.m. on Friday and Monday.

Due to recent flooding and the potential for more rainfall, motorists may encounter closed roads or road crews working to reopen flooded highways. Information regarding state highways impacted by flooding can be found on 511wi.gov.

Motorists are advised to be aware of changing travel conditions and drive with caution at all times; never drive through standing water or around barriers; and follow designated detour routes

“As we enter one of the major travel holidays of the year, we’re asking all motorists to buckle up, watch their speed, be patient and stay focused on driving,” said WisDOT Secretary Dave Ross. “The State Patrol and other law enforcement agencies will be out enforcing traffic laws and assisting stranded motorists, but every safe journey begins and ends with a safe driver.”

State and local law enforcement agencies across Wisconsin will be working in greater numbers for longer hours watching for impaired drivers as part of the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign that continues through Labor Day.

Highway construction projects that may affect holiday travel include the following:

• Shawano County: State Highway 29 in eastern Shawano County is reduced to a single lane for each direction, running counter-directional on the eastbound lanes, between Highline Road and County Road C, with an 11-foot width restriction.

• Shawano County: U.S. Highway 45 is reduced to a single lane using temporary traffic signals and a 13-foot width restriction for a bridge replacement near Tigerton.

• Menominee County: State Highway 47 is reduced to one lane in each direction with a 12-foot width restriction in Keshena.