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Reason to give thanks: Many road projects wrapping up in time for holiday

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Most construction projects have wrapped up for the year, but the Wisconsin Department of Transportation reports a few major ongoing projects where orange barrels, lane shifts and reduced speeds linger.

Don Greuel, of WisDOT’s Bureau of Project Development, said there are several projects that may still impact deer hunters and Thanksgiving weekend travelers, including:

• In Milwaukee County, the left lane of both Mitchell Interchange system ramps (I-43/I-894 eastbound to I-43/94 northbound and I-43/94 southbound to I-43/894 westbound) have lane restrictions. The right lane of I-94 southbound between Edgerton Avenue and the Airport Spur (WIS 119) exit ramp also has lane restrictions.

• U.S. 41 northbound from U.S. 45 to Breezewood north of Oshkosh has 11-foot wide lanes and some shoulder closures.

• I-43 at WIS 164 near Big Bend in Waukesha County had some lane restrictions prior to Thanksgiving. There are no lane restrictions scheduled during the Thanksgiving weekend, according to WisDOT.

• I-43 at Green Tree, Good Hope, and Brown Deer roads in Milwaukee County may have lane restrictions prior to Thanksgiving. There are no lane restrictions scheduled during the Thanksgiving weekend, according to WisDOT.

• I-94 eastbound east of Madison has two lanes of traffic, but traffic is shifted to the right to accommodate the work zone.  Westbound traffic has two lanes on new pavement.

Greuel said there may be projects on local streets and highways that may affect travel during the deer hunting and Thanksgiving weekend, so allow extra travel time throughout the period.

WisDOT expects traffic to peak on Wednesday afternoon. The heaviest travel day, however, is expected to be Sunday as deer hunters join Thanksgiving holiday travelers in the return trip home.

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