MADISON (WKOW) -- Most highway construction projects will be put on hold through the three-day Memorial Day holiday weekend.
According to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT), there will only be a few main highways with lane restrictions, including I-94 south of Milwaukee, I-94 east of Madison, and Highways 41 near Oshkosh and 172 at Green Bay.
"We've had some great weather this spring and that's allowed us to stay on track, and in many cases, get ahead of schedule," said WisDOT's Don Greuel. "But while many work zones will be opened up for traffic for the holiday, we still encourage motorists to slow down, leave a little extra space, and stay alert for lane shifts, narrow lanes, and rough pavement."
Most work will cease in work zones by noon on Friday, May 28 and won't resume until 6 a.m. on Tuesday, June 1.
But while construction and maintenance crews will be joining much of the rest of the nation in celebrating the Memorial Day weekend, Wisconsin State Patrol and other law enforcement officers will remain on the job.
"We'll be in the midst of a national "Click it or ticket" campaign during the Memorial Day weekend," said Major Dan Lonsdorf of the Wisconsin State Patrol. "The Click It or Ticket enforcement strategy is simple and direct. Officers will stop you for not wearing a safety belt, and you will get a ticket; passengers, too."
Lonsdorf added that consistent safety belt use provides the most effective protection against being ejected from a vehicle or thrown around violently inside it during a crash. "The goal of law enforcement agencies throughout the state is ultimately to reduce the number of preventable traffic deaths to zero in Wisconsin," he said. "To help achieve that goal, everyone must remember that the few seconds it takes to buckle up can prevent a trip to the emergency room, or worse yet, the morgue.
Lonsdorf said peak travel times during the Memorial Day weekend are expected to be from noon until 8 p.m. on both Friday, May 28 and Monday, May 31.
Among work zones Memorial Day weekend travelers may encounter include (number correlates to position on accompanying map):