Expect heavy traffic heading north Friday afternoon/evening for the Packers game

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by Matt Doyle

MILWAUKEE -- There's no doubt there will be a lot of people headed north to Green Bay for the Packers third preseason game. It is a gold package game eating many people from the Milwaukee area will be heading up to the game. 

The DOT is helping drivers out today.   I-43 N. near the northern Ozaukee County line will be fully open.  They opened it just a few minutes ago for people heading north.  The main problem was near County Highway LL in that area. 

Anyone who went north for Packers family night remembers the traffic problems in that area.  It was two lanes down to one which really slowed people heading north. 

The DOT also warns people that they still need to give a little bit of extra time because of some other construction near Green Bay around Lambeau Field.
 
If you're getting ready to pack up and head up to Green Bay just be ready for a high volume of traffic.

"Any Friday afternoon during the summer has some back ups regardless of lane closures or not," Wisconsin DOT spokesperson Brian DeNeve said.  "Just headed up north a lot of the Illinois folks headed up to enjoy what northern wisconsin has to offer, door county.  That's only exacerbated a little bit by packers events."

Coming back home to the Milwaukee area you will go down to one lane in that same area in northern Ozaukee County near Fredonia. 

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) Northeast Region in Green Bay is reminding motorists heading to Lambeau Field on Friday, August 22 for the Green Bay Packers/Oakland Raider football game that US 41 and adjacent roadways from Oneida Street north to Suamico are under construction. The US 41/WIS 172 interchange could experience significant backups on both north and south US 41 and east and west WIS 172. Closures, orange barrels, narrow lanes, soft shoulders and increased volume from Friday commuter and recreational traffic in addition to game day traffic WILL affect game day travel. Due to all the construction, Ashland Avenue through De Pere and Ashwaubenon will also experience increased traffic congestion as additional motorists use this as an alternate route.

WisDOT STRONGLY recommends motorists allow themselves additional time to reach their destinations and check WisDOT’s 511 website. Additionally, motorists are advised to remain alert and plan on exercising patience as they drive through the Green Bay area.

Here is a list of the major roads in northeast Wisconsin most Packers fans will be traveling as they head for the game and the road conditions they should anticipate:

US 41 and WIS 172 Interchange
Motorists should expect heavy congestion and potential long delays at this interchange between 2 and 7 p.m. Friday afternoon and evening. Motorists should strongly consider avoiding this interchange area and utilize alternate routes if possible.

US 41
All construction on US 41 will cease on Packer game day, although barrier walls and orange barrels will be present in various locations.
•    Brown County
-    Drivers will encounter 11-foot travel lanes and reduced shoulders in multiple locations along a 10-mile segment of highway. The speed limit is reduced to 55 mph from just south of Grant Street to Lineville Road. Temporary barrier wall at various locations will cause traffic to slow.
•    Lineville Interchange closed
-    All four US 41 ramps at Lineville are closed, Lineville Road is closed between Brookfield Road and County J, West Deerfield is closed at Lineville and northbound and southbound traffic on East Deerfield will be maintained across Lineville road during the 60-day closure for access to local businesses. Use County B and Velp interchanges for access to and from US 41.
WIS 172
•    Brown County
-    Eastbound WIS 172 to northbound US 41 ramp is closed for reconstruction. Eastbound  WIS 172 traffic wanting to exit to northbound US 41 will continue east on  WIS 172 and take the Oneida Street/Ashland Avenue exit which ends at Vanderperren Way; take Vanderperren Way west to Holmgren Way, follow Holmgren Way north to Pilgrim Way and take Pilgrim Way east to westbound WIS 172 on-ramp to northbound US 41.
I-43
•    Brown County
-    The speed limit is reduced to 55 mph on I-43 between Atkinson Drive and US 41.
WIS 29
•    Brown County
-    WIS 29/Shawano Avenue between Packerland Drive and Taylor Street is closed for reconstruction; this includes both US 41 southbound exit and entrance ramps and the US 41 northbound entrance ramp at Shawano Avenue.
-    The US 41 northbound exit ramp at Shawano Ave is open to the WIS 29 Eastbound movement only.
-    WIS 29 westbound is detoured south on Military Avenue to Mason Street, Mason west to US 41 and US 41 north to WIS 29.
-    WIS 29 eastbound is detoured south on US 41 to WIS 172, WIS 172 east to I-43, and I-43 south to WIS 29.
-    Access to and from US 41 via the new free-flow interchange ramps will be available.
WIS 41
•    Winnebago County
-    US 41 has reduced speed to 55 mph northbound from County II to County BB in Winnebago County. There are still three lanes open to traffic in each direction.
WIS 32/57
•    Calumet County
-    The intersection of US 10 and WIS 32/57 in Forest Junction will be closed to traffic during Friday’s Packer game. The WIS 32/57 detour route follows WIS 32/57 to County HR to US 10 to County PP to County K to WIS 32/57.

Travelers should allow extra time and can check online for real-time traffic information, including travel times, lane closures and incidents, at Wisconsin 511 online (www.511wi.gov) or by calling 511 on a phone.

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