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4th of July weekend could bring busy WI roadways despite pandemic

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MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- Many people are hitting the road this weekend to celebrate the Fourth of July holiday. This is the first big holiday that AAA has not released travel prediction numbers since it started forecasting them in 2000, because with the pandemic, the numbers are too unpredictable. 

Travelers CBS 58 spoke with said they are taking precautions. 

"We’re going to go up north to Rhinelander,” said Izabella Jones, traveler. “We have masks, hand sanitizer, gloves so I think we’re prepared to go up there."

“We’re driving up to Michigan, Lake Erie,” said Julio Cisneros, another traveler. “We got tested before we left to make sure we’re not spreading it because my sisters are going that don’t live at home with us." 

Aside from staying safe from COVID-19, Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) officials say travelers need to stay safe on the roads as well, and troopers will be out enforcing traffic laws and helping motorists. 

Officials urge motorists to buckle up, drive carefully through work zones, and avoid distractions like cellphones. With hot weather expected, drivers should also watch out for pavement buckling. 

Travelers say they are excited to get away after months of quarantine.

"I can't wait to get out of the city," said Jones. 

Officials also recommend checking out 511wi.gov, for information about incidents and delays before you hit the road. 

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