Dept. of Transportation: Thanksgiving holiday travelers asked to plan ahead, eliminate distractions

Thanksgiving vacation travelers have been asked to plan ahead and eliminate distractions

Construction for the season is coming to an end on many of Wisconsin’s freeways, but motorists are advised to slow down, turn off their phones, and drive cautiously in the remaining roadworks. The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) encourages Thanksgiving vacation travelers to plan ahead for heavy traffic along major travel corridors. Peak travel times are expected on Wednesday (November 23) and Sunday (November 27) between 12pm and 8pm.

“Whether you are traveling near or far this holiday weekend, please buckle up, drive sober, watch out for deer and obey posted speed limits,” said WisDOT Secretary Craig Thompson. “These responsible choices can prevent accidents and help ensure a safe and happy Thanksgiving for all.”

Highway projects that may impact travelers include:

  • Columbia County: Construction is underway at the interchange of I-39/90/94 and WIS 60 near Arlington and Lodi. I-39/90/94 remains open with three lanes in each direction.
  • Juneau County: I-90/94 is open on temporary road and bridge construction at the WIS 82 interchange in Mauston with two lanes of traffic in each direction.
  • Milwaukee and Ozaukee counties: Work on I-43 between Capitol Drive and WIS 60 is ongoing. Motorists must expect lane closures and speed reductions in certain sections. The ramps at Hampton Avenue and County Line Road remain closed.
  • Milwaukee County: Motorists will encounter a traffic shift on I-41/US 45 (Zoo Interchange North Leg Project) between Watertown Plank Road and North Avenue. North Avenue and Mayfair Road exits will remain closed. Christmas shopping traffic is encouraged to access Mayfair Road from either Burleigh Street or Watertown Plank Road.
  • Portage County: US 10/WIS 66 is reduced to a single lane in each direction at I-39. The north exit of I-39 to US 10 East is closed and will be diverted to I-39 and WIS 66/Stanley Street. The I-39 south-west turn lane toward WIS 66 is closed and being rerouted through I-39 and County HH. The left turn lane from Westbound US 10 to Southbound I-39 is closed and being diverted to I-39 and WIS 66/Stanley Street. The left turn lane from eastbound US 10/WIS 66 to northbound I-39 is closed and being diverted through I-39 and County HH.

Before you go, do some research and get up-to-date information on travel conditions, work areas, and incidents throughout Wisconsin:

Motorists can view live video feeds of travel conditions online at or through the 511 Wisconsin smartphone app via traffic cameras throughout Wisconsin.

Warnings and updates provided through these websites are not intended for use while driving. When driving, your focus should always be on the driving.

Wisconsin Division of Motor Vehicle (DMV) service centers will be closed Thursday, November 24 through Saturday, November 26. Citizens can conduct DMV business 24/7 online at

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