Memorial Day weekend traffic alert for northeast Wisconsin

​Slow travel expected on I-43 in Brown and Manitowoc counties

Release date: May 24, 2017

(Green Bay) The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) northeast region office reminds motorists traveling for the Memorial Holiday weekend that there is the potential for slowdowns and backups in highway construction project work zones in northeast Wisconsin.

Construction work in northeast Wisconsin, and on most major highway projects throughout the state, will be suspended noon on Friday, May 26, and will not resume until 6 a.m. on Tuesday, May 30. However, motorists should still allow extra travel time and expect slower traffic in work zones and along major highway corridors, especially on I-43 in Brown and Manitowoc County.

Significant road construction projects that may affect highway travel in northeast Wisconsin during the Memorial Day weekend include:

I-43, Brown and Manitowoc counties

  • Ten miles of I-43 in Brown County is reduced to a single lane in each direction between Denmark (WIS 96) and the WIS 172/I-43 ramps in Green Bay. This closure will result in slow travel or backups at times during the weekend.
    • Motorists may consider using I-41 through Fond du Lac, Winnebago, Outagamie and Brown counties as an alternate north/south route.
  • Six miles of I-43 in southern Manitowoc County is reduced to a single lane in each direction from Clover Road in the town of Clover to Point Creek Road in the town of Cleveland. This closure will result in slow travel or backups at times during the weekend.
    • Motorists may wish to consider using I-41 through Fond du Lac, Winnebago, Outagamie and Brown counties as an alternate north/south route.

I-41, Brown and Outagamie County

  • Resurfacing on I-41 between Kaukauna and De Pere will be suspended and all lanes open to travel; however, orange barrels will still be in place on the side of the highway.

WIS 32/Ashland Avenue, Brown County (Ashwaubenon/De Pere)

  • WIS 32/Ashland Ave. is closed to through traffic between Glory Road and Hansen Road.

I-41 near US 10 in Winnebago County

  • Northbound and southbound lanes of I-41 have a 55 mph speed reduction and lane shifts throughout the WIS 441 Tri-Project work zone.

US 10/WIS 441, Winnebago County

  • Motorists will travel across the new US 10/WIS 441 bridge as construction continues to expand lanes on the Roland Kampo Bridge. Orange barrels, narrow lanes and barrier wall may cause traffic to slow.
  • Eastbound and westbound US 10 have a 55 mph speed reduction through the work zone.
  • Westbound US 10/southbound WIS 441 to northbound I-41 ramp is closed until spring of 2018.
    • Detour: Continue on westbound US 10 to WIS 76, follow WIS 76 north to WIS 96, take WIS 96 east to I-41 .

WIS 22, Oconto County

  • WIS 22 is closed at County I near Oconto Falls to US 141.
    • Detour:  WIS 22 to County I to County A to US 141 to WIS 22.

Peak travel times for the Memorial Day weekend are expected to occur from noon to 8 p.m. on Friday, May 26, and Monday, May 29. AAA of Wisconsin expects some 700,000 state residents will travel 50 miles or more on state roadways over the holiday weekend.

Travelers are reminded that State law prohibits drivers from using a handheld mobile device in Wisconsin work zones except for emergencies. Law enforcement agencies across Wisconsin are also watching for unbuckled drivers and passengers as part of the “Click It or Ticket” mobilization that continues through June 4.

WisDOT has a full listing of significant road construction projects statewide that may affect holiday travel.

For up-to-the-minute information on work zones and incidents that may affect highway travel, motorists can access the state’s 511 travel information system by downloading the free 511 Wisconsin mobile app or following @511WI on Twitter (https://twitter.com/511WI). Users can also access the system by dialing 511 on a phone or visiting 511wi.gov on the web. 
 

For more information contact:

Mark Kantola, Regional Communications Manager
Mark.kantola@dot.wi.gov, (920) 492-4153