Holiday travelers/hunters will impact travel for Packers/Bears football game
(Green Bay) The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) Northeast Region Office is reminding motorists heading to Lambeau Field on Thursday, November 26 for the Green Bay Packer/Bears football game that I-41 and adjacent roadways from Oneida Street north to Lineville Road in Brown County are under construction. Holiday travelers and deer hunters should consider avoiding I-41 and WIS 172 in Brown County and use alternate routes before and after the Packer game.
I-41, WIS 172 and I-43 could experience significant backups near the stadium, as could the I-41 interchanges at Oneida Street, WIS 172 and I-43. Barrier walls, orange barrels, and narrow lanes will affect travel. Due to the I-41 Project construction, Ashland Avenue through De Pere and Ashwaubenon will also experience increased traffic congestion as additional motorists use this as an alternate route. The heaviest congestion is expected three hours before and after the game.
Here is a list of the major roads in northeast Wisconsin most Packer fans will be traveling as they head for Lambeau Field, and the road conditions they should anticipate.
I-43 – Milwaukee to Green Bay
Expect heavier than usual traffic on I-43 before and after the game due to holiday traffic and hunting. Note: The ramp closure at the I-43/I-41 interchange will cause increased traffic to use WIS 172. Expect heavy traffic on WIS 172 on gameday.
I-43 and I-43/I-41 interchange
- The southbound I-41 off-ramp to southbound I-43 remains closed. Drivers can follow the marked detour on I-41 southbound to WIS 172 eastbound, follow WIS 172 east to I-43.
- The northbound I-43 off-ramp to southbound I-41 remains closed. Drivers can follow detour onto I-41 northbound to Lineville Road, and use Lineville road to access I-41 southbound.
- I-43 between Atkinson Drive and I-41 is reduced to a single lane in each direction. The speed limit is also reduced to 55 mph
WIS 172 and I-41/WIS 172 Interchange
Motorists should expect heavy congestion and potential long delays at the I-41/WIS 172 interchange and on WIS 172 in Brown County from I-43 to the WIS 172/I-41 interchange before and after the game. Motorists should consider using alternate routes if possible.
Barrier wall, narrow lanes, short merge distances and orange barrels will be present at various locations.
- Drivers will encounter 11-foot travel lanes and reduced shoulders in multiple locations along a 10-mile segment of highway. The speed limit is reduced to 55 mph from just south of Grant Street to Lineville Road. Temporary barrier wall at various locations will cause traffic to slow.
- The southbound I-41 off-ramp to Velp Ave remains closed, drivers can follow the marked detour on I-41 southbound to Shawano Ave, follow Shawano Ave east to Military Ave, and Military Ave north to Velp Ave (US 141)
- Winnebago County
- 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/US 10 and Roland Kampo Bridge
Winnebago, Outagamie and Calumet counties.
- Drivers should be aware of orange barrels, narrow lanes, barrier walls and reduced speed limits.
Freeway Service Team
Two freeway service teams will be working on game day in Brown County. One team will be on I-41 and one team will be on WIS 172 before and after the game. These teams will assist motorists – free of charge – who are involved in minor crashes or are experiencing a breakdown. If necessary, the Freeway Service Team quickly relocates disabled vehicles from the highway’s travel lanes and/or shoulders to safe, pre-designated locations away from traffic.
Services the team 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 game.
Additionally, if your vehicle becomes disabled in the I-41 work zone between De Pere and Suamico, notify authorities immediately, and WisDOT will send the Freeway Service Team 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.
Extra police patrols
To combat drunken driving, law enforcement agencies in Sheboygan and Manitowoc counties are teaming up for a new High-Visibility Education and Enforcement (HVEE) Task Force with the first deployment held on Sunday, Nov. 22. Subsequent deployments will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 25, and Sunday, Dec. 13. The agencies will be putting more officers on patrol for longer hours to stop, test and arrest drunken drivers.
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 at www.511wi.gov or by calling 511.