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Memorial Day travelers

Travelers asked to plan ahead, buckle up, be patient and safe.

While most highway construction is put on hold, motorists will likely encounter work zones requiring reduced speed and extra caution.

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) and its Division of State Patrol are asking Memorial Day weekend travelers to plan ahead, buckle up, expect slower traffic in work zones and along major travel corridors.

Peak travel times are expected to occur between noon and 8 p.m. on Friday (May 24) and Monday (May 27). Construction in most highway work zones will stop by noon on Friday (May 24) and will not resume until 6 a.m. on Tuesday, May 28. While workers will open as many lanes as possible, motorists still need to be patient, alert and watch their speed.

“The State Patrol and other police agencies will be out enforcing traffic laws and assisting stranded motorists, but ultimately, safety along our highways is in the hands of responsible drivers,” WisDOT Secretary-designee Craig Thompson said.

To help prevent traffic deaths and injuries, law enforcement agencies across Wisconsin are participating in the Click It or Ticket seat belt mobilization that continues through June 2. Other important traffic safety reminders:

  • Slow down. Posted speed limits apply to 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 ahead. Texting while driving is prohibited and very dangerous. It is also illegal in Wisconsin for drivers to use a handheld mobile device in work zones (except in an emergency).
  • Be prepared to move over or slow down when approaching emergency responders including police and fire vehicles, ambulances, tow trucks and highway maintenance vehicles that are stopped along a highway with their warning lights flashing. If your vehicle breaks down, try to get safely off the highway, remain buckled up and wait for help to arrive.

READ MORE on statewide work zones to help you plan ahead.