Packer Gameday Travel Advisory for Monday, Nov. 6

​Traffic and travel impacts for Packers/Lions football game

Release Date: Nov. 2, 2017

(Green Bay) The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) Northeast Region reminds motorists that the Green Bay Packers/Detroit Lions football game on Monday night, Nov. 6, will have a significant impact on local traffic operations. A 7:30 p.m. kickoff will put gameday traffic and commuter traffic on highways near Lambeau Field at roughly the same time, which could result in slow travel and backups on the local system.

This is a Milwaukee season ticket holder game. Higher volumes of traffic can be expected on I-43, I-41 and WIS 172 south of the stadium. US 41 and US 141 north of the stadium could also experience higher volumes of traffic due to fans from the Upper Peninsula attending the Wisconsin/Michigan match up.

WisDOT will open as many lanes as possible on construction projects in northeast Wisconsin to move the increased traffic as effectively as possible, but some work zones will still have traffic control devices, soft shoulders, narrow lanes and barrier wall present. Construction project areas in northeast Wisconsin with traffic control devices include I-43 in southern Brown County, I-41 in Brown and Outagamie counties, and the WIS 441 Tri-County expansion project in Winnebago, Outagamie and Calumet counties.

Closer to the stadium, all lanes of travel in construction zones will be open in Brown County, although I-41, WIS 172 and I-43 could experience backups as fans head to and from Lambeau Field. I-41 interchanges at Oneida Street, Lombardi Avenue, WIS 172 and I-43 are also potential areas where delays may occur due to higher volumes of traffic.

Those heading to the game can consider using alternate Brown County interchanges further from Lambeau Field to avoid back-ups or slowdowns. Please note, alternate routes require knowledge of local roads to navigate to the stadium. Alternate interchanges include:

  • I-43/Mason St. or I-43/Manitowoc Road on Green Bay’s east side
  • WIS 172/Webster Ave. or WIS 172/County GV on Green Bay’s east side
  • I-41/Main Avenue or I-41/Scheuring Road south of Lambeau Field
  • I-41/Mason St. or I-41/Shawano Ave. to the north of Lambeau Field

WisDOT encourages those traveling to the game to pre-plan their trip, be familiar with the route and exits, and have a winter-weather emergency kit in the vehicle. Other tips include using alternate routes/exits, adjusting your leave to ensure you reach the destination on time, and following the traveler information on the message boards. Commuter traffic not heading to the game is encouraged to find alternate routes off the main interstate and highway system, especially WIS 172 and I-41 in Brown County.

WisDOT also reminds drivers to never operate a vehicle distracted. Slowdowns and back-ups can occur suddenly and without warning. The most common type of accident in heavy traffic is a rear-end collision caused by distracted driving.

Here is a list of the major highways in northeast Wisconsin most Packer fans will be traveling as they head to and from Lambeau Field, and the road conditions they should anticipate.

Southbound I-41, south of stadium in Brown County

  • Southbound I-41 in Brown County narrows to two lanes after the Scheuring Road exit in De Pere. This is a common location for back-ups following Packer games. The large volume of vehicles merging from multiple lanes into two lanes can cause lengthy vehicle queues and stopped traffic. Be prepared and alert if using southbound I-41 to exit the stadium.

I-41 Resurfacing Project – Brown and Outagamie Counties
A resurfacing project is taking place on I-41 from Kaukauna to De Pere. All lanes will be open to traffic, and no work will take place before or after the game.

  • Motorists will still encounter traffic control devices and orange barrels along the highway shoulders in the work zone. 

I-43 Resurfacing Project – Southern Brown County
A resurfacing project is taking place on I-43 in southern Brown County from Bellevue to Denmark. All lanes will be open to traffic, and no work will take place before or after the game.

  • Motorists will still encounter traffic control devices and orange barrels along the highway shoulders in the work zone. 

WIS 441 Tri-County Expansion Project - Winnebago, Outagamie and Calumet counties:
I-41 Mainline

  • Barrier wall, narrow lanes, short merge distances and orange barrels will be present at various locations due to the WIS 441 Tri-County Expansion Project.
  • Drivers will encounter reduced speed limits on I-41 near the US 10/WIS 441/I-41 interchange.
  • Drivers should also watch for reduced lane widths and reduced shoulder widths on northbound and southbound I-41.

WIS 441 Tri-County Expansion Project - Winnebago, Outagamie and Calumet counties:
WIS 441, US 10 and Roland Kampo Bridge

  • Drivers should be aware of orange barrels, narrow lanes, barrier walls and reduced speed limits due to the WIS 441 Tri-County Expansion Project.
  • US 10 eastbound between County CB and I-41 northbound is reduced to a single lane.
  • Westbound US 10/southbound WIS 441 to northbound I-41 ramp is closed until spring of 2018.
    • Detour: Continue westbound US 10 to WIS 76, follow WIS 76 north to WIS 96, take WIS 96 east to I-41.

The WisDOT State Farm Safety Patrol will be working in the WIS 441 Tri-County Expansion Project in Winnebago, Outagamie and Calumet from 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on gameday. The safety patrol, formerly known as Freeway Service Teams, will assist motorists - free of charge - who are involved in minor crashes or are experiencing a breakdown. If necessary, the safety patrol quickly relocates disabled vehicles from the highway’s travel lanes and/or shoulders to safe, pre-designated locations away from traffic. Services the safety patrol provides include:

  • Relocating disabled vehicles
  • Providing small amounts of fuel
  • Handling minor repairs (changing flat tires, battery jump starts)
  • Removing small non-hazardous debris from the roadway
  • Assisting with traffic control and crash scene clearance

Please note if you are involved in a crash:
The WisDOT’s Division of State Patrol advises you to immediately call 911 if you are involved in a crash. If there are no injuries and the vehicles can be moved, report the other vehicle’s license plate numbers as you may then be advised to move off the main portion of the roadway to a crash investigation site or to a ramp out of traffic.  This will assist first responders in reaching you while helping to clear traffic delays during the critical travel times before and following the Packer game.

Additionally, if your vehicle becomes disabled in WIS 441 Tri-County Project work zones in the Fox Valley, notify authorities immediately, and WisDOT will send the safety patrol vehicle to your location. Motorists can then contact their motor club or towing preference after WisDOT has relocated your vehicle to a more accessible and safe location. 

Travelers should allow extra time and can check online for real-time traffic information, including travel times, lane closures and incidents, at 511 Wisconsin online, or by calling 511. 

For more information, contact:

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