(Dodge County) While most highway construction has wrapped up for the year, Thanksgiving holiday travelers will still need to monitor the weather, watch for deer and deer hunters, and be prepared for the potential of heavy traffic along key travel corridors. Officials with the Wisconsin Department of Transportation say peak travel periods to occur between noon and 8pm on Wednesday, November 27 and again on Sunday, December 1 when hunters and holiday travelers return home.
Dodge County Traffic Safety Commission Coordinator Joel Kiesow says this holiday season will see hazardous travel conditions and he is reminding the motoring public that seat belts save lives. He says buckling up gives you the best defense against injury or death in a crash. The facts do not lie, Kiesow says, when you wear your seat belt as a front-seat occupant of a passenger car, your risk of fatal injury goes down by 45-percent. For light-truck occupants, that risk is reduced by 60-percent.
Kiesow recommends everyone to go slow in ice and snow; stay focused by putting the cell phone down; and keep a safe distance of 200-feet behind snowplows.
DOT Secretary-designee Craig Thompson says the Wisconsin State Patrol and other law enforcement agencies will be keeping an eye on traffic and assisting stranded motorists. Thompson says drivers who encounter stopped emergency vehicles with warning lights flashing are reminded to move over or at least slow down.
Major highway projects that may impact travelers include Interstate 39/90 from Janesville to the Illinois state line and Interstate-43 near Beloit. Motorists should be alert for lane shifts, crossovers and reduced speeds. North of that area, from Edgerton to Madison, three lanes are open in each direction.
Also, expect road construction on Interstate-94 North/South from Racine County G to College Avenue in Milwaukee. Some ramps remain closed in the work zone.
Before you travel, Thompson recommends checking with the 511 Wisconsin for the latest traffic and road conditions. That information, along with live traffic cameras and traffic alerts, can be accessed on the 511 Wisconsin system, which includes a free mobile app, @511WI on Twitter, or the mobile-friendly site www.511wi.gov.