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Most road work to take holiday break

Traffic on Interstate 94 passes a crew with Platt Construction Inc., Franklin, as they pour a concrete barrier wall Thursday in Milwaukee. Most road work around the state will halt during the upcoming holiday. (Staff photo by Kevin Harnack)

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Most highway road work will be put on hold over the Thanksgiving Day weekend to help travelers get where they need to be.

However, the state Department of Transportation cautions that some ongoing projects will require drivers to be prepared for orange barrels, lane shifts and reduced speeds.

The following road construction projects may affect holiday travel, according to WisDOT:

• 13 miles of U.S. 41 northbound and southbound between U.S. 45 to Breezewood in Winnebago County has 11-foot wide lanes and restricted shoulders;

• 6 miles of U.S. 41 northbound and southbound between County G and WIS 29 in Brown County has 11-foot lanes and restricted shoulders.

Officials at WisDOT expect travel to be heavy on Friday, as well as the day before Thanksgiving. The heaviest travel day is expected to be the Sunday after Thanksgiving as people are returning home.

Travelers are asked to either call 511 to get traffic updates or check them online at http://www.511wi.gov.

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