Saturday: Travel advisory for Lambeau Field concert in Brown County

Travel advisory for Lambeau Field concert in Brown County

Kenny Chesney concert Saturday night to draw 70,000 spectators

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) Northeast Region in Green Bay is reminding motorists heading to Lambeau Field on Saturday, June 20 for the Kenny Chesney concert that I-41 in Brown County from Oneida Street north to Suamico in Brown County, and adjacent roadways and intersections, are under construction. Barrier walls, orange barrels, lane closures, narrow lanes, and concert traffic will affect travel, especially following the concert.

Motorists should especially avoid accessing I-41 via Oneida Street interchange in Ashwaubenon following the concert. Access to Oneida Street prior to the concert should also be avoided.

WisDOT strongly recommends motorists allow themselves additional time to reach their destinations and check WisDOT 511 online (www.511wi.gov) or call 511. Additionally, motorists are advised to remain alert and plan on exercising patience as they drive through the Green Bay area.

Here is a list of the major roads in northeast Wisconsin most concert goers will be traveling as they head for the concert and the road conditions they should anticipate:

I-41 and Oneida Street Interchange and Oneida Street

·         Oneida Street under I-41 is under construction. Only one lane is open on Oneida Street northbound and southbound on Oneida Street. This area will experience backups and long delays. Drivers should find another interchange access point to get to Lambeau Field prior to the concert and onto I-41 following the concert.

o   Motorists can use Ashland, Lombardi, WIS 172, Mason Street or Shawano Avenue as an access point onto city streets heading toward Lambeau Field.

I-41 Mainline

All construction on I-41 project will cease on Saturday, although barrier walls, narrow lanes and orange barrels will be present in various locations.

·         Brown County

o   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.

·         Winnebago and Outagamie County

o   Drivers should expect portions of I-41 in Winnebago County to WIS 15 in Outagamie County to be restricted to two lanes in each direction. Drivers will encounter reduced speed limits on I-41 and WIS 441. Please expect congestion and slow travel.

I-41 and WIS 172 Interchange

·         All ramps are open, but motorists should expect congestion and potential delays at this interchange, especially following the concert.

I-43 and I-41 Interchange

·         Northbound I-41 ramp to southbound I-43 is CLOSED until the end of August, 2015 for construction of the new I-41 northbound lanes. Please plan an alternate route.

I-43 Mainline

·         I-43 between Atkinson Drive and I-41 is reduced to one lane of travel. Please expect congestion and slow travel.

Please note

If you are involved in a crash:

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 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 concert.

Additionally, if your vehicle becomes disabled in the I-41 work zone between De Pere and Suamico, notify authorities immediately. WisDOT will send a 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.

Travelers should allow extra time and can check online for real-time traffic information, including travel times, lane closures and incidents, at WisDOT 511 online (www.511wi.gov) or by calling 511.

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Informational Meeting US 22 Clintonville

By Timothy Zilch WGWI-PUBLICATIONS reporter:

Recording of the Meeting

Detour signs begin June 1 they will be covered until June 14 and start construction June 16. Wis 22 (Main Street) Clintonville,Wi Construction 2015 Location: Wis 22 10th Street to 13th Street Improvements include: Replacing Pigeon River Bridge Reconstructions of Wis 22 include Pavement,Curb and gutter,Sidewalks,storm Sewer,Street lighting,and traffic signals,Replacing City Water and Sewer, Also Modifications to intersection of N.Lyon Street/12th Street and 12th Street and 12th Street/SSGT Warren Hansen Drive to improve safety and operations for detour route. Schedule for construction is June 1-Mid Oct. Anyone with questions please contact  Project Manager Jim Volkman at 714-365-5773.

 

Make a travel game plan if you’re Indianapolis-bound to cheer “On, Wisconsin” Expect heavy traffic on regional Interstate Systems with Final Four and holiday weekend travel

Badger Basketball is all the buzz as Wisconsin prepares to hit the hardwood Saturday evening in Indianapolis. If you’re gearing up to hit the road for the NCAA Final Four Championships, be ready for plenty of company. Three of the four tournament teams are from universities within a five hour drive of Indianapolis. Factor in the Easter weekend travel period and there will be a large amount of traffic on the regional Interstate Systems.

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) is working with the Illinois and Indiana Departments of Transportation to remind Badger fans to plan ahead and be prepared for possible traffic delays or backups in work zones. Some Interstate lane restrictions will be in place. Be watchful for work zone signs and electronic message boards with important travel information.

Be an informed and educated driver by using the travel information resources provided through the Wisconsin, Illinois and Indiana DOTs.

·         Wisconsin: www.511wi.gov @511WI

·         Illinois: www.gettingaroundillinois.com/ @IDOT_Illinois

·         Illinois Tollway: www.illinoistollway.com/ @I_90_Tollway; @94_294_Tollway

·         Indiana: www.trafficwise.in.gov/ @TrafficWise; or call toll-free, 1-800-261-7623

No matter where you’re heading this weekend, if you do come across work zones, WisDOT reminds you to slow down; increase your travelling distance; watch for lane changes; avoid distractions; and move over for highway maintenance vehicles, along with emergency vehicles and tow trucks.

Stay connected to WisDOT by following us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/WisDOT), Twitter (www.twitter.com/WisconsinDOT) and YouTube (www.youtube.com/WisDOT). Always know before you go with statewide 24/7 travel alerts and traffic information on @511WI, and get Wisconsin regional travel updates through these Twitter sites: @511WI_NoCentral; @511WI_Northeast; @511WI_Northwest; @511WI_Southeast; @511WI_Southwest.

Motorists should be watchful, thankful for Adopt-a-Highway crews

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Motorists are asked to keep an eye out for Wisconsin Adopt-a-Highway volunteers as they pick up a winter’s worth of trash along state highways. Wisconsin is home to nearly 3,000 groups who are asked to clean-up their assigned two-mile state highway segment at least three times per year. Last year, Wisconsin Adopt-a-Highway workers picked up an estimated 190 tons of trash and recyclables along state roadways.

“We ask that motorists be watchful for all roadside workers including Wisconsin’s Adopt-a-Highway volunteers whose efforts save taxpayer dollars and make our state an attractive place to live or visit,” said Rose Phetteplace, director of the Wisconsin Department of Transportation’s (WisDOT) Bureau of Highway Maintenance.

Of the 11,800 miles of state highway in Wisconsin, about 8,170 miles or about 70 percent are adopted. Groups interested in adopting a state highway segment can fill out an application on WisDOT’s website (www.dot.wisconsin.gov/localgov/aid/adopt-a-highway.htm).

WisDOT furnishes safety vests and highway worker signs, a safety training video, trash bags, and two permanent signs identifying the group. Each group must provide one adult supervisor for every five or six volunteers. Volunteers must be at least 11 years old or in the 6th grade to work along two-lane highways and at least 16 years old to work along multi-lane highways. Groups do not work in dangerous areas like medians, bridges or steep slopes. Trash and recyclables are placed along roadways and picked up by county highway workers.

Along with asking motorists to be cautious, WisDOT offers the following safety tips for Adopt-a-Highway volunteers:

·         Display the “highway worker” signs at both ends of the adopted highway segment to alert motorists that workers are present.

·         Wear appropriate clothing including heavy gloves, sturdy footwear and safety vests.

·         Don’t get too close to roadway pavement or shoulders and stay away from highway medians, steep slopes and bridges.

·         Don’t pick up anything that can’t be identified. Potentially hazardous items should be marked with a flag.

·         Ensure that the team leader or someone is carrying a cell phone. In case of an emergency, or to report anything illegal or suspicious, contact law enforcement.

Super Bowl Sunday Safety Message

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Football fans should not let their fellow fans drive drunk

Fans, players and coaches likely will dispute some calls by officials during the Super Bowl. But no one will dispute that getting behind the wheel while impaired this Sunday is irreversibly and indisputably wrong.

As a timely reminder of the dangers of drunken driving, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) will display “Plan Ahead. Designate a Sober Driver” on message signs along major highways throughout the state this weekend.

“Last year, there were zero traffic fatalities in Wisconsin on Super Bowl Sunday, and that is our goal again this year,” says David Pabst, director of WisDOT’s Bureau of Transportation Safety. “Law enforcement agencies will be particularly focused on preventing drunken driving on Super Bowl Sunday because fans will be at bars and parties before, during and after the game. The key to avoiding a drunken driving arrest, or even worse a crash, is to plan ahead by designating a sober driver or finding alternative transportation.”

For a safe and fun Super Bowl celebration, the WisDOT Division of State Patrol offers the following life-saving advice:

·         Download the Zero In Wisconsin Drive Sober mobile app for free at www.zeroinwisconsin.gov. The Driver Sober app has a “Find a Ride” feature, blood alcohol estimator and a designated driver selector to help you get home safely.

·         If you’re hosting a party, serve food and have non-alcoholic beverages available. Take care of your guests, and don’t let them drive if they’re impaired.

·         Don’t serve any amount of alcohol to anyone under the age of 21. Wisconsin’s Absolute Sobriety Law prohibits drivers under age 21 from having any alcohol in their system while behind the wheel.

·         If you’re feeling buzzed, you’re probably over the 0.08 limit and risk being arrested for operating while intoxicated if you drive.

·         Bars and restaurants participating in the Safe Ride Program can provide a ride home for patrons. Visitwww.tlw.org/SafeRide for more information.

·         If you see a vehicle traveling erratically and suspect the driver may be impaired, call 911 (as soon as you can make the call safely).

 

Frozen road law expands Wednesday to north central Wisconsin

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Effective Wednesday (December 24) at 12:01 a.m., Wisconsin’s frozen road law will expand to include numbered state and federal highways within the area designated by the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) as Zone 2 across much of north central Wisconsin. The frozen road law is already in effect in Zone 1 in far northern Wisconsin. The frozen road determination for other portions of the state will be made once conditions warrant.

The frozen road law allows heavier loads for trucks carrying peeled or unpeeled forest products cut crosswise (not including woodchips), and salt and sand for winter maintenance until approximately early March, unless thawing necessitates an earlier cancellation of the provision or continued cold weather allows for an extension of the declaration period.

The declaration is issued once the ground under highway pavement is frozen to a depth of at least 18-inches, allowing the maximum gross weight for trucks hauling logs or salt and sand for maintaining roads in winter to go up to 98,000 pounds on vehicles with a minimum of five axles (from the normal 80,000 pounds). Special permits for hauling the increased weights will not be required in Zones 1 and 2, however, vehicles must be legally licensed at 80,000 pounds to handle the increased weights. The higher weight limits do not apply to county or local roads unless authorized by the local agency having maintenance authority. Also, higher weights may not be transported on any highways or bridges specifically posted for lower weight limits.

Further information can be found at the WisDOT website: www.dot.wisconsin.gov/travel/truck/frozenroad.htm and by checking a recorded message on the Frozen Road Hotline at (608) 266-8417. Haulers with specific questions can contact WisDOT’s Oversize/Overweight Permits Unit at (608) 266-7320.

Packer Travel Advisory

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Packer Travel Advisory

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) Northeast Region is reminding motorists heading to Lambeau Field on Sunday, November 30 for the Green Bay Packer/New England Patriots game that US 41 and adjacent roadways from Oneida Street north to Suamico in Brown County are under construction.

The US 41/WIS 172 interchange could experience significant backups on both north and south US 41 and east and west WIS 172. Closures, orange barrels, narrow lanes WILL affect game day travel.  Due to construction, Ashland Avenue through De Pere and Ashwaubenon will also experience increased traffic congestion as additional motorists use this as an alternate route. Additionally, fans leaving the game following its conclusion could encounter increased recreational traffic heading south after a weekend in the northern part of the state.

WisDOT strongly recommends motorists allow themselves additional time to reach their destinations and check WisDOT’s 511 website (www.511wi.gov) or call 511. Additionally, motorists are advised to remain alert and plan on exercising patience as they drive through the Green Bay area.

Here is a list of the major roads in northeast Wisconsin most Packers fans will be traveling as they head for the game and the road conditions they should anticipate:

US 41 and WIS 172 Interchange

Motorists should expect heavy congestion and potential long delays at this interchange Sunday afternoon before the game and again following the game. Motorists should strongly consider avoiding this interchange area and utilize alternate routes if possible.

US 41

All construction on US 41 will cease on Packer game day, although barrier walls and orange barrels will be present in various locations.

·         Brown County

o   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.

·         Winnebago County

o   Drivers will encounter reduced speed limits on US 41 near the US 10/WIS 441 interchange, as well as reduced lane width on northbound US 41 and reduced shoulder width on northbound and southbound US 41.

I-43

·         Brown County

o   The speed limit is reduced to 55 mph on I-43 between Atkinson Drive and US 41.

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 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 US 41 work zone between De Pere and Suamico, notify authorities immediately and WisDOT will send a 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.

Travelers should allow extra time and can check online for real-time traffic information, including travel times, lane closures and incidents, at Wisconsin 511 online (www.511wi.gov) or by calling 511 on a phone.