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Labor Day Travel Expected To Be Heavy, Work Zone Safety Urged

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The last fling of summer is this weekend and experts are predicting jam-packed main roadways.

The Department of Transportation (WisDOT) and the State Patrol are asking Labor Day holiday travelers to think safety. Peak travel periods are expected between noon and 8 p.m. on Friday and during the same time frame on Labor Day.

State Trooper Tracy Drager says while work zones will be shut down for the weekend, motorists are advised to slow down...

"...Over the weekend, most road construction work is being put on hold for the holiday. We're opening as many lane as possible to accommodate traffic. Still, it's very important to be prepared or to slow down or stop if you travel through work zones and along many travel corridors..."

The DOT says in this region, Vilas County: US 51 in the town of Arbor Vitae will be reduced to one lane in each direction between WIS 47 and WIS 70 east. Motorists should anticipate reduced speeds in the work area. In Lincoln County: WIS 86 over the Wisconsin River in Tomahawk is reduced to one lane with the use of temporary signals, and WIS 17 north of Merrill at the Hay Meadow Creek is reduced to one lane with the use of temporary signals.

The DOT work on the roundabout on Rhinelander's west side continues with some traffic using the roundabout.

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