Holiday travelers will encounter fewer orange barrels

MILWAUKEE -- Most road construction projects are done for the year. That means drivers traveling during the Thanksgiving holiday will encounter fewer orange barrels, lane shifts and reduced speeds during their journey to see family and friends.

WisDOT expects traffic to be heavy on Friday, November 16, as deer hunters flock to the woods and again on Wednesday, November 21, when motorists travel to join friends and family for the Thanksgiving holiday. The heaviest traffic day on major highways is expected to be Sunday, November 25, when deer hunters and holiday travelers converge to make the return trip home.

In anticipation of heavy holiday traffic, which could cause sudden and unexpected back-ups, WisDOT officials advise drivers to slow down, pay attention and be patient. As always, they must drive sober and buckle up. 

Before venturing out, motorists can check current road conditions online at Wisconsin 511 ( or by calling 511 on their phone.