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Wisconsin DOT issues Packers-Bears travel advisory

GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - The state Department of Transportation is reminding fans heading to Lambeau Field tonight for the Packers game against the Bears that there are alternate routes to get their faster.

Due to the ongoing closure of the Leo Frigo Bridge and the U.S. Highway 41 construction project, gameday travel will be affected.

The Wisconsin DOT urges drivers to allow themselves extra time to reach their destinations. Also, officials advise drivers who normally commute on northbound Highway 41 or westbound Highway 172 during the afternoon or evening adjust their schedules, if possible, or use an alternate route to avoid delays.

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:   Leo Frigo (I-43) Bridge
  • Bridge remains closed
  • The Leo Frigo Bridge/I-43 bypass is US 41 to WIS 172.
  • Approximately 30,000 vehicles travel across Leo Frigo on a Packer home game. This traffic will be diverted onto other city streets, US 41 and WIS 172. Expect heavy congestion due to both commuter and game day traffic on US 41 and WIS 172 on Monday between 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. and again after the game.
  • Alternate routes for Packer traffic to use on city streets include:
  • Fox River bridge crossings at Main Street, Walnut Street and Mason Street
  • Ashland Avenue
  • Oneida Street
  • Mason Street
  • I-43 exit at Mason Street (Eastside)
  • Local residents are strongly encouraged not to use US 41 or WIS 172 on gameday.
  • WisDOT will use eight message boards to inform motorists of traffic conditions on gameday.
  • WisDOT has an extra Freeway Service Team dedicated to US 41 and WIS 172 to quickly remove any disabled vehicles.  One truck will be operating from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. and a second truck will be operating from 3 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and again from 10:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.
  • The Wisconsin State Patrol has an additional seven officers patrolling I-43, US 41 and WIS 172  to assist motorists
  US 41 All construction on US 41 will cease on Packer Gameday, 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 I-43. Temporary barrier walls at various locations will cause traffic to slow.
  WIS 172
  • Brown County –
  • Eastbound WIS 172 to northbound US 41 ramp is closed due to a bridge demolition that began before the Leo Frigo Bridge incident. 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.
  • 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 has narrower shoulders due to temporary barrier wall at various locations that will cause traffic to slow.