Fourth of July holiday travelers urged to drive safely, celebrate responsibly

​​​​​​​​​​Release date: June 28, 2023

Officials with the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) are asking Fourth of July holiday travelers to buckle up, stay alert, and expect slower traffic in work zones and along major travel corridors. According to AAA, Wisconsinites will travel in record numbers this holiday weekend. Peak travel times are expected between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Friday (June 30), noon to 3 p.m. Tuesday (July 4) and 3-6 p.m. Wednesday (July 5).

“We’re celebrating safe driving as thousands of Wisconsinites and visitors gear up to travel to their favorite summer destination for the Fourth of July holiday weekend,” WisDOT Secretary Craig Thompson said. “Drivers should plan ahead, be courteous, avoid distractions behind the wheel and drive sober. These steps can help save lives and prevent crashes on Wisconsin roadways.”

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.​​

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

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

North Central Wisconsin

  • Marathon County: WIS 29 is reduced to a single lane in each direction between Marathon County E and Marathon County H.
  • Marathon County: WIS 107 is reduced to a single lane in each direction between Maratech Avenue and North Street in the Village of Marathon City.
  • Marathon County: Motorists will encounter single lane closures on WIS 13 in Colby and Abbotsford.
  • Marathon County: WIS 153 between WIS 13 and Stratford will be closed to through traffic. Traffic is detoured via WIS 13 and WIS 97.
  • Oneida County: WIS 17 is reduced to a single lane in each direction between US 8 and Stevens Street in Rhinelander.
  • Oneida and Lincoln counties: US 8 is reduced to a single lane controlled by temporary traffic signals between Meyer Road and McCord Road in McCord.
  • Price County: US 8 is reduced to a single lane controlled by temporary traffic signals between Hillcrest Road and Harmony Road in Brantwood.
  • Waushara County: WIS 21 is closed to through traffic between Coloma and Wautoma. Traffic is detoured via WIS 73 and I-39.

Northeast Wisconsin

  • Brown County: Southbound I-43 reduced to one lane across the Leo Frigo Bridge in Green Bay. Motorists should expect delays and consider crossing the Fox River via WIS 172.
  • Brown County: WIS 172 is reduced to one lane in each direction west of I-41 to the airport entrance. Backups and delays are anticipated during peak travel times.
  • Brown County: WIS 32/Mason Street is closed over Beaver Dam Creek, east of I-41, in Green Bay. All traffic is detoured via I-41, WIS 29/Shawano Avenue and Military Avenue.
  • Manitowoc County: US 10 is closed to through traffic between County PP in Brillion and County G east of Reedsville. Traffic is detoured via County PP, County K and County G.
  • Manitowoc County: WIS 42 is closed to through traffic from 35th Place to County V north of Two Rivers. Traffic is detoured via County V and WIS 147.
  • Outagamie County: WIS 54, between Shiocton and Seymour, is closed to through traffic. Motorists should follow the signed detour routes via WIS 76, County A, WIS 47, County B, WIS 55, County G and County PP.

Northwest Wisconsin

  • Buffalo County: WIS 35 is reduced to a single lane controlled by temporary traffic signals at three bridge locations – two in Fountain City and one northwest of the WIS 35/54 intersection.
  • Polk and St. Croix counties: WIS 65 is closed from the north junction of Jewell Street in Star Prairie to US 8 in the town of Balsam Lake. Traffic is detoured via US 8, WIS 46 and WIS 64.
  • St. Croix County: WIS 35 is closed in Somerset from Main Street to Laser Drive, including the intersection of Church Hill Road and Main Street.
  • St. Croix County: Far left lane of eastbound I-94 is closed near the US 12 interchange (Exit 4) in Hudson. Motorists should be alert for lane shifts.
  • Washburn County: US 53 is reduced to a single lane in each direction on the southbound lanes between Pine Grove Road in the town of Sarona and Wildcat Road in the town of Beaver Brook.

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 will encounter lane closures on northbound I-43 between Keefe Avenue and Capitol Drive and southbound I-43 between Capitol Drive and North Avenue. Expect intermittent ramp and local street closures along I-43 between Brown Street and Capitol Drive.
  • Milwaukee County: Three lanes remain open in both directions on I-41/US 45 (Zoo Interchange North Leg Project) between Watertown Plank Road and Burleigh Street. Ramps at North Avenue remain closed.
  • Racine County: WIS 20 is closed from WIS 36 to US 45 near Waterford. Motorists should use the posted detour via WIS 36/WIS 83, WIS 11 and US 45.
  • Walworth County: Motorists can expect single lane closures on US 12 in both directions between Lake Geneva and Elkhorn.

Southwest Wisconsin

  • Dane County: One lane is open to traffic in each direction on US 18/151 between Mount Horeb and Fitchburg. Motorists are advised to slow down and watch for lane shifts.
  • Juneau County: I-90/94 is open to two lanes each way on temporary roadway and bridge structures at the WIS 82 interchange in Mauston. Watch for reduced speed limits and lane shifts.
  • Monroe County: Motorists will encounter a traffic shift on I-90/94 near Camp Douglas. All lanes are open in this work zone.

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.​

Wisconsin Division of Motor Vehicle customer service centers will be closed on Tuesday, July 4, 2023, but citizens can conduct DMV business online 24/7 at

For more information, contact:

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