Buckle up and leave the phone down for Memorial Day weekend travel

From the Wisconsin Department of Transportation

WisDOT reminds Memorial Day weekend travelers to wear their seat belts, put down their phones, plan their routes, and drive carefully through work areas.

“Safety never takes a vacation and motorists must slow down and be patient as the summer travel season begins,” said WisDOT Secretary Craig Thompson. “Two simple steps – buckle up and turn off the phone – can help save lives and prevent collisions on Wisconsin’s roads.”

WisDOT offers these other safety alerts:

  • Slower. The stated speed limits apply under ideal travel conditions. Drivers are required to travel at a “reasonable and prudent” speed based on weather and traffic conditions.
  • Eliminate distractions and focus on what’s next. Texting while driving is prohibited and extremely dangerous. It is also illegal in Wisconsin for drivers to use a handheld device in work areas.
  • Be prepared to move or slow down when approaching emergency responders including police and fire trucks, ambulances, tow trucks and highway maintenance vehicles that are parked along a highway with their warning lights flashing. A new state law signed by Governor Evers in December 2021 expands this ban to include areas around flashing-light emergency response vehicles. If your car breaks down, try to get off the highway safely, stay strapped and wait for help to arrive.

All Wisconsin rest areas are open. These facilities provide restrooms and travel breaks.

To open as many lanes as possible, most road construction work will be paused over the weekend. Important road construction projects that may affect travel on Memorial Day weekend include:

  • Barron County: Northbound US 53 has been shortened to a single lane between County M and Carlson Road, south of County A to Knapp Street and just south of 20y Street to US 8. Motorists will face a reduced speed limit of 60 mph in work areas.
  • Barron County: WIS 48 reduced to one lane with temporary traffic lights at Hay River Flowage in Cumberland.
  • Chippewa and Clark counties: WIS 29 has been reduced to a single lane between County J (Chippewa Falls) and WIS 27 (Cadott) in Chippewa County. The eastbound WIS 29 exit ramp on Cardinal Avenue in Clark County is closed.
  • Clark County: WIS 73 reduced to one lane with temporary traffic lights at Giles Creek Bridge, north of Greenwood.
  • Dane County: Motorists can expect shifts in traffic in US 12/18 eastbound (Madison Beltline) on Todd Drive.
  • Dunn County: US 12 is open using a temporary one-lane side lane at the Wilson Creek Bridge, west of Knapp.
  • Eau Claire County: WIS 312 reduced to one lane each way in Jeffers Road work area in Eau Claire.
  • Forest County: US 8 is reduced to one lane with temporary traffic lights at River Wolf (about six miles east of US 45N).
  • Forest County: US 8 is reduced to a single lane with temporary traffic lights at the Peshtigo River (west of WIS 139N).
  • Juneau County: I-90/94 is open to two lanes in each direction on temporary road and bridge structures at WIS 82 intersection in Mauston. WIS 82 is open to one lane in each direction near the intersection.

  • Kenosha County: WIS 50, east of I-41/94 near Kenosha and Pleasant Prairie, is still under construction with traffic shifts. Multiple side streets have no direct access.
  • Lincoln County: US 51 has been reduced to one lane each direction from the Marathon County line to Lincoln County K. Motorists heading north can expect delays on Friday; Southbound motorists should plan to delay Monday.
  • Manitowoc County: All ramps at the I-43/WIS 147/County Z intersection are closed for concrete patching. WIS 147/County Z via detour from I-43 south uses WIS 96 off-ramp to County KB, County R, and County T. County T. Access to I-43 from interstate intersections north or south of WIS 147.
  • Marathon County: WIS 153 is closed between Rangeline Road and Water Street in Mosinee. Traffic diverted through Rangeline Road and Main Street/County B.
  • Milwaukee County: Motorists will encounter lower lanes of traffic on I-41/US 45 (Zoo Interchange Project North Leg) between Watertown Plank and North Avenue. Motorists heading north should plan for major delays on Friday. The exit ramps on North Avenue and Mayfair Road remain closed.
  • Milwaukee and Ozuki Counties: Work on I-43 between Capitol Drive and WIS 60 is ongoing. Motorists can expect lanes to close and speed limits to be lowered. The slopes on Hampton Street remain closed.
  • Oconto County: WIS 32 has been closed to replace the bridge deck north of Suring. It is routed through traffic for the use of County M, WIS 55, and WIS 64.
  • Outagamie County: The intersection of JJ and WIS 55 counties in Kaukauna has been closed for reconstruction. WIS 55 is diverted via I-41, County N, and County UU.
  • Portage County: US 10/WIS 66 is reduced to one lane each way at the I-39 junction at Stevens Point. The exit ramp I-39 northbound to US 10E was closed and diverted via I-39 northbound, WIS 66 (Stanley Street) and southbound I-39. The slope of I-39 southbound to westbound WIS 66 was closed and diverted via southbound I-39, County HH, and northbound I-39.
  • county price: WIS 13 has been reduced to a single lane with temporary traffic lights at the Elk River in Phillips.
  • county price: US 8 (near Prentice, about five miles east of County A) is reduced to a single lane with temporary traffic lights at the overhead railroad lane.
  • Rock County: I-43 is reduced to one lane each way between WIS 140 north of Clinton and the East Rock County line.
  • Trempealeau County: WIS 35 / WIS 54 traffic over the eastern and western channels of the Trempealeau River uses a road and temporary bridges while the bridge is being replaced. Work area speed limit has been reduced to 30 mph.
  • Trempealeau County: The WIS 54 bridge over Beaver Creek is open to one lane with temporary traffic lights.
  • Vernon County: WIS 35 (Great River Road) is closed to traffic between DeSoto and Genoa. Traffic is diverted via WIS 82, WIS 27 and WIS 56. WIS 35 is open to local destinations in the business area.
  • Vilas County: US 51 reduced to one lane with temporary traffic lights at Trout Creek (about two miles north of N County).
  • Walworth County: Motorists can expect a WIS 50 lane to be closed between Grand Geneva Way and District O, near Lake Geneva.
  • Washburn County: Southbound US 53 has been reduced to one lane in each direction in the Trego area. There are temporary traffic lights at US 53 / US 63 / Liesch Road. Work area speed limits have been lowered to 55 mph in US 53 and 45 mph in US 63.
  • Washburn County: US 63 is closed between WIS 70 and Poplar Street. Traffic is diverted via WIS 70 and US 53.

  • Waukesha and Milwaukee Counties: Working on I-43 between Moreland Street and Hill Gary Junction. The northbound ramp to Layton Avenue was closed to traffic.
  • Winnebago County: The Racine Street Bridge in downtown Manasha is closed for replacement. Traffic is diverted via local roads.

For the latest information on work areas and accidents that may affect highway travel, motorists can access the state’s 511 Travel Information System:

The alerts and updates provided via these websites are not intended for use while you are driving. When driving, your focus should always be on driving.

Wisconsin Division of Automobile customer service centers will be closed on Memorial Day, but citizens can conduct DMV business online 24/7 at wisconsindmv.gov.

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