Know before you go: WisDOT offers travel tips for Memorial Day weekend

​​​Drivers advised to plan ahead and use 511 Wisconsin to plan their route​

​​​​​​​Release date: May 23, 2024

Ahead of Memorial Day weekend, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) reminds drivers to focus on the road ahead, be courteous to other drivers and slow down on Wisconsin roads. According to AAA, Wisconsinites will travel in near-record numbers this holiday weekend. Peak travel times are expected between noon and 7 p.m. Friday (May 24) and 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday (May 27). Motorists should plan ahead with 511 Wisconsin,​, and check their route before traveling.

“Millions of drivers will travel on Wisconsin roads this summer to experience all that our state has to offer,” WisDOT Secretary Craig Thompson said. “As you embark on your summer adventures, use 511 Wisconsin to stay informed about travel conditions, and prioritize safety for yourself and others. It takes all of us to keep our roads safe – buckle up, follow posted speed limits, pay attention and avoid distractions.”

Most road construction will pause over the holiday weekend to open as many lanes as possible. Significant road construction projects that may impact Memorial Day weekend travel include:

North Central Wisconsin

  • Langlade County: WIS 55, south of Hollister, is restricted to a single lane with temporary traffic signals at Nine Mile Creek.
  • Marathon County: WIS 13 is closed from Spencer to WIS 153. Traffic is detoured via WIS 153 and WIS 97.
  • Marathon County: Watch for lane closures on WIS 13 in: Colby between Marathon County N and the southern Colby limits; Spencer from WIS 98 to LaSalle Street; and Unity from 2nd Street to northern Unity limits.
  • Outagamie and Waupaca County: WIS 22 and WIS 76 near Bear Creek are closed between US 45 and WIS 54. WIS 76 traffic is detoured via WIS 54 and US 45. WIS 22 traffic is detoured via Waupaca County T, Waupaca County O, and US 45.
  • Shawano County: WIS 117 is closed between South Street and Shawano County BE near Bonduel. Traffic is detoured via WIS 29, WIS 55, and WIS 52.
  • Wood County: WIS 80 is closed from the Juneau County Line to Necedah Road near Babcock. Traffic is detoured via WIS 173, WIS 73, WIS 13, and WIS 21.
  • Wood County: The WIS 173/WIS 80 intersection in Babcock is closed to through traffic. WIS 173 remains open, but traffic cannot travel through the intersection. Through traffic is detoured via WIS 173, WIS 21, and WIS 13.
  • Wood County: WIS 54/WIS 73 is closed to through traffic from Wisconsin River Drive to Seneca Road near Port Edwards. Local access is maintained for residents and businesses. Through traffic is detoured via WIS 73 and WIS 13. 

Northeast Wisconsin

  • Outagamie and Winnebago counties: Northbound I-41 is reduced to two lanes between Main Street and US 10/WIS 441 in the Fox Valley area. Significant delays are expected and drivers should consider alternate routes. Watch for lane shifts and reduced speed limits.
  • Outagamie County: WIS 15 is closed to through traffic between US 45 in the city of New London and County T in the village of Hortonville. Traffic is detoured via US 45, County TT and County T.
  • Outagamie County: WIS 22 is closed at the US 45/WIS 76/WIS 22 intersection in the town of Bear Creek. Traffic detoured via Outagamie County T and Outagamie County O.
  • Outagamie County: WIS 54 is closed at the WIS 55/County C/Ivory Street intersection in downtown Seymour. Traffic is detoured via WIS 47, Outagamie County G, and Mainline Drive.
  • Outagamie County: WIS 76 is closed to through traffic between US 45 in the town of Bear Creek and WIS 54 in Shiocton. Follow the detour route via WIS 54 and US 45.
  • Outagamie County: WIS 76 is closed at the WIS 76 and School Road intersection in Greenville. Traffic is detoured via WIS 96, Outagamie County CB, and WIS 15.
  • Outagamie County: WIS 96 is closed to through between WIS 55 in Kaukauna and Outagamie County U in Wrightstown. Drivers should follow the signed detour via WIS 55, I-41 and County U.

Northwest Wisconsin

  • Barron and Washburn counties: Both directions of US 53 traffic are located on the southbound lanes, between 26th Avenue north of Rice Lake to Pine Grover Road south of Sarona. Watch for reduced speed limits.
  • Bayfield County: WIS 13 in the city of Washburn is closed to traffic from Thompson Road/Charles Street to 2nd Avenue West.
    • Vehicles weighing 20 tons or less are detoured via West Bigelow Street, West Holman Lakeview Drive, Omaha Street East and 1st Avenue West.
    • Vehicles weighing more than 20 tons are detoured via US 2, County A and WIS 13.
  • Dunn County: WIS 64, from County O north of Boyceville east to the north junction of County W, is closed to through traffic. Traffic is detoured via WIS 19, WIS 170, WIS 40 and US 53. WIS 25, which runs north and south through the project limits, remains open to traffic.
  • Pierce County: WIS 35 is reduced to a single lane of traffic, controlled by temporary traffic signals, between Chestnut and Green streets in Maiden Rock.
  • Pierce County: WIS 35 is reduced to a single lane of traffic at the Big River Bridge southeast of Prescott controlled by temporary traffic signals.
  • Pierce County: US 10 from WIS 29/35 in Prescott to the south junction of US 63 west of Ellsworth is closed to through traffic. Traffic is detoured via WIS 29/35 and WIS 65.
  • Washburn County: Both directions of US 53 are located on the southbound lanes between Wildcat Road, southeast of Spooner, and County A. Watch for reduced speed limits.

Southeast Wisconsin

  • Milwaukee and Ozaukee counties: Expect intermittent ramp and local street closures in certain segments along I-43 between Glendale and Grafton.
  • Milwaukee County: Motorists should expect various ramp closures and single lane closures along I-43 between Capitol Drive and the Marquette Interchange.
  • Milwaukee County: At least two lanes remain open in each direction on I-894 between the Mitchell Interchange and 84th Street.
  • Walworth County: WIS 36, between Burlington and Lake Geneva, is closed to through traffic. Motorists should follow the signed detour via WIS 11, WIS 83, WIS 50, US 12 and WIS 120. 

Southwest Wisconsin

  • Columbia County: All lanes are open on I-39/90/94 at the WIS 60 interchange near Lodi.
  • Monroe County: Two lanes remain open in both directions on I-90/94 near Tomah. Watch for reduced speed limits.
  • Sauk County: I-90/94 is open to two lanes in each direction between Wisconsin Dells and Portage. Watch for reduced speed limits and lane shifts.

Access real-time information on travel conditions, live traffic cameras, work zones and incidents across Wisconsin:

Alerts and updates provided via these sites are not intended for use while driving. When driving, your focus should always be on the road ahead.

The WisDOT Safety Patrol, sponsored by GEICO, is a fleet of specially equipped vehicles located in key WisDOT construction projects that manage highway incidents to keep everyone safe. Learn more about the WisDOT Safety Patrol. 

All Wisconsin rest areas are open. These facilities offer restrooms, amenities and a break from travel.

WisDOT offers these safety reminders:

  • Buckle Up, Phone Down – every trip, every time. Encourage family, friends and co-workers to take the pledge.
  • 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.
  • Move over or slow down for emergency responders stopped along a highway with their warning lights flashing. That includes police and fire vehicles, ambulances, tow trucks and highway maintenance vehicles. In addition, state law restricts use of a cell phone in areas surrounding those vehicles.
  • Steer It, Clear It! State law requires drivers to move vehicles involved in a crash out of traffic if no one is hurt and the vehicles can be moved safely. If someone is hurt or the vehicle is disabled, drivers should not risk injury by trying to push the vehicle out of traffic.

Wisconsin Division of Motor Vehicle customer service centers will be closed on Memorial Day, but citizens can conduct DMV business online 24/7 at

For more information, contact:

WisDOT Office of Public Affairs
(608) 266-3581,