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Less road construction, more traffic flow during the holiday weekend

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UNDATED (WSAU) -- Highway construction projects will have less activity and more traffic flow during the holiday weekend. Department of Transportation’s Project Development Chief Matt Bronson says opening up as many lanes as possible during the holiday is good for both travelers and workers.  “We really have a goal of trying to have the majority of our road construction open to all lanes, such as you’ll see during the holiday period so we can keep traffic moving in a safe and efficient manner.”

Bronson says the high volume of vehicles can create safety issues on heavily-traveled roads, and can be even more dangerous in narrow, restricted work zones.  “A lot of our primary, heavy-volume routes such as interstates, expressways and freeways, if we did have lane closures, we’d see some very extreme backups which cause safety problems during those periods.”

There is one very busy stretch of road that has been a narrow, slow, and inconvenient mess all spring... and Bronson says it will open up to traffic in time for the hectic weekend up north.  “Our major project that will be opening up, the Highway 51 project in Minocqua which is really important for the increased tourist season that we see in July and August in that area, and we’re expecting to open that up to four lanes by noon on Thursday.”

After the 4th of July holiday, Bronson says these projects will resume, and there are additional new projects starting on lesser traveled roads, and the continuation of a summer-long detour.  “We do have a number of small bridge projects throughout northern and central Wisconsin on some of our two-lane roads that are starting (after the 4th). One project that will be continuing to be under construction is in the southern part of central Wisconsin, and that’s Highway 23 in the Green Lake area. That project will continue to be detoured and closed for that reconstruction project.”

 

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