People traveling over the Thanksgiving holiday period asked to plan ahead

Transportation safety officials suggest keeping an eye on the weather, and the possibility of deer along roadways

Release date: Nov. 14, 2017

Although most major highway construction work has concluded for the year, motorists traveling over the Thanksgiving holiday period may still encounter ongoing road work along with the potential for heavy traffic in key travel corridors. Officials with the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) expect peak travel periods to occur between noon and 8 p.m. on Friday, November 17 and on Sunday, November 26.

“Traffic crashes tend to peak over the next couple months due to several factors including an abundance of holiday travelers and hunters, the potential for rapidly changing weather, decreasing daylight, and increasing deer activity,” said David Pabst, director of WisDOT’s Bureau of Transportation Safety. “It’s the responsibility of every driver to watch their speed and following distance, always drive sober and alert, and ensure everyone is buckled up.”

Before taking to the highways, motorists can get updated information on work zones and incidents by dialing 511 or visiting 511wi.gov. Statewide travel information also is now available via Twitter at Wisconsin511@511WI.

For more information, contact:

WisDOT Office of Public Affairs
(608) 266-3581, opa.exec@dot.wi.gov