The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) reminds travelers on the July 4th weekend to celebrate safe driving and buckle up, turn off the phone, plan ahead and drive carefully through work zones.
“As we approach the July 4th weekend, make smart decisions behind the wheel so everyone can safely reach their summer destinations,” said WisDOT Secretary Craig Thompson. “Every driver makes a difference and we urge all drivers to fasten their seat belts, turn off their phones and be patient on Wisconsin roads.”
WisDOT offers these other security reminders:
- slow down The posted speed limits apply under 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 to come. Sending text messages while driving is prohibited and very dangerous. It is also illegal in Wisconsin for drivers to use a handheld mobile device in work zones.
- Be prepared to move or slow down when approaching emergency teams, including police and fire vehicles, ambulances, tow trucks and highway maintenance vehicles that are stopped along a highway with their warning lights flashing. ONE State law signed by Gov. Evers in December 2021 expands this ban to areas around emergency response vehicles with flashing lights. If your vehicle breaks down, try to exit the road safely, keep your seat belt on and wait for help to arrive.
All rest areas in Wisconsin are open. These facilities offer restrooms and a break from travel.
To open up as many lanes as possible, most road works will be stopped over the weekend. Significant road construction projects that could affect 4th of July weekend travel include:
- Adams County: WIS 13 is closed south of the WIS 21 intersection near Friendship. Traffic is diverted via WIS 21 and the roadside access road west of the intersection.
- Ashland County: WIS 112 is closed at White River Bridge, south of Ashland. Traffic is diverted via US 2 and WIS 13.
- Barron County: Northbound US 53 is reduced to a single lane between County M and Carlson Road, south of County A to Knapp Street and south of 20º Street to US 8. Drivers will find a reduced speed limit of 60 mph in work zones. The northern on-ramp of US 53 from US 8 is closed and bypassed by US 53 southbound, County I and US 53 northbound.
- Barron County: WIS 48 is reduced to a lane with temporary traffic signals at the Hay River Flowage in Cumberland.
- Buffalo and Eau Claire Counties: WIS 37 is reduced to a lane over the Peeso Creek Bridge, near County B, between US 10 in Mondovi and WIS 85. Crossing the bridge is controlled by temporary traffic signals.
- Buffalo and Trempealeau Counties: Drivers on the WIS 35/WIS 54 near Marshland will find temporary roads and bridges over the east and west channels of the Trempealeau River. The work zone speed limit is reduced to 30 mph.
- Chippewa and Clark counties: WIS 29 is reduced to a single lane between J County (Chippewa Falls) and WIS 27 (Cadott) in Chippewa County. The eastbound WIS 29 exit ramp is closed at Cardinal Avenue in Clark County.
- Dunn County: US 12 is open using a temporary one-lane bypass at Wilson Creek Bridge, west of Knapp.
- Florence County: WIS 139 is closed at Nicolet State Trail Crossing, north of Long Lake. Traffic is diverted onto US 8, WIS 101 and WIS 70. WIS 139 is reduced to a single lane with temporary traffic signals between Sheldon Road and Forest Road 2161 near Popple River.
- Forest County: US 8 is reduced to a single lane with temporary traffic signals on the Wolf River (approximately six miles east of US 45 to the north).
- Forest County: US 8 is reduced to a single lane with temporary traffic signals on the Peshtigo River (west of WIS 139 north).
- Juneau County: I-90/94 is open to two lanes in each direction on temporary road and bridge structures on the WIS 82 interchange at Mauston. The WIS 82 is open for one lane in each direction near the interchange.
- Kenosha County: WIS 50, east of I-41/94 near Kenosha and Pleasant Prairie, remains under construction with changes in traffic. Several side streets do not have direct access.
- Langlade County: WIS 64 is reduced to a single lane with temporary traffic signals at the Elton Creek and Deer Creek intersections between Elton and Polar.
- Lincoln County: WIS 107 is closed between Hillcrest Road and Dotter Road south of Gilbert. Traffic is diverted by J County, US 51 and S County.
- Marathon County: WIS 153 is closed between Rangeline Road and Water Street in Mosinee. Traffic is diverted via Rangeline Road and Main Street/County B.
- Milwaukee County: Drivers will find reduced lanes of traffic on I-41/US 45 (Zoo Interchange North Leg Project) between Watertown Plank Road and North Avenue. Northbound drivers are expected to plan for major delays on Friday. Exit ramps on North Avenue and Mayfair Road remain closed.
- Milwaukee and Ozaukee Counties: Work is underway on I-43 between Capitol Drive and WIS 60 near Shorewood and Whitefish Bay. Drivers can expect lane closures and speed limit reductions. Hampton Avenue ramps remain closed.
- Outagami County: The intersection of WIS 55 and County JJ in Kaukauna is closed for reconstruction. WIS 55 is diverted via I-41, County N and County UU.
- Portage County: US 10/WIS 66 is reduced to a single lane in each direction at interchange I-39 at Stevens Point. The north exit ramp from I-39 to US 10 east is closed and bypassed by I-39 northbound, WIS 66 (Stanley Street) and I-39 southbound. The ramp from southbound I-39 to westbound WIS 66 is closed off and bypassed by southbound I-39, County HH, and northbound I-39.
- County Price: WIS 13 is reduced to a single lane with temporary traffic signals on the River Elk at Phillips.
- County Price: WIS 13 is reduced to a single lane with temporary traffic signals on the South Fork Flambeau River near Fifield (approximately 1.5 miles south of WIS 70).
- County Price: US 8 (near Prentice, approximately five miles east of County A) is reduced to a single lane with temporary traffic signals on the railroad overpass.
- Rock County: I-43 is reduced to one lane in each direction between WIS 140 north of Clinton and the East Rock County Line.
- Shawano County: WIS 156 is closed at Herman Creek Crossing between Briarton and Rose Lawn. Traffic is diverted via WIS 47, WIS 29 and WIS 55.
- St. Croix: The Carmichael Road Bridge over I-94 in Hudson is reduced to two lanes of traffic in each direction.
- Trempealeau County: Drivers on WIS 54 west of Galesville will encounter temporary traffic signs to cross the Beaver Creek Bridge.
- Vernon County: WIS 35 (Great River Road) is closed to traffic between DeSoto and Genoa. Traffic is diverted through WIS 82, WIS 27 and WIS 56. WIS 35 is open to local destinations in the work zone.
- Villas County: US 51 is reduced to a single lane with temporary traffic lights at Trout Creek (approximately two miles north of County N).
- Walworth County: Drivers can expect lane closures on WIS 50 between Grand Geneva Way and County O near Lake Geneva.
- Washburn County: Southbound US 53 is reduced to one lane in each direction in the Trego area. There are temporary road signs on US 53/US 63/Liesch Road. Work zone speed limits are lowered to 55 mph on US 53 and 45 mph on US 63.
- Washburn County: US 63 is closed between WIS 70 and Poplar Street in Spooner. Traffic is diverted via WIS 70 and US 53. Access will be opened from side roads to cross US 63.
- Waukesha and Milwaukee Counties: Work on I-43 between Moorland Avenue and Hale Interchange is ongoing. The north exit ramp to Layton Avenue is closed to traffic.
- Winnebago County: The Racine Street Bridge in downtown Menasha is closed for replacement. Traffic is diverted through local roads.