Officials expect high traffic levels over holiday weekend

MADISON, Wis. – Interstate highways will likely suffer the biggest traffic backups this Fourth of July weekend, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation said.

The Marshfield News-Herald ( ) reports that the American Automobile Association estimates that nearly 43 million Americans will travel this weekend, the highest travel volume on record for the holiday. Peak travel times will be Friday and Monday afternoon.

Nick Jarmusz, AAA Wisconsin’s director of public affairs, suggests an earlier departure time if possible, when roads are less crowded.

Don Greuel with the state transportation department says interstates will bear the brunt of the traffic, but other roadways may also see high traffic volume because of detours around construction.

He referenced State 47, State 29 and U.S. 10 as potentially problematic areas.

According to Greuel, most highway projects will also be put on hold this weekend to help keep traffic flowing. Construction work will stop at noon Friday and will resume Tuesday morning.

The Wisconsin State Patrol and other law enforcement agencies will be out throughout the weekend to enforce speeding, tailgating, distracted driving, seat belt use and drunken driving laws, transportation safety officials said.


Information from: News-Herald Media,