DOT cautions travelers during Thanksgiving holiday

Construction is wrapping up for the season on many Wisconsin highways, but motorists are advised to slow down, put their phone down and drive with caution in the remaining work zones.

According to a Nov. 21 Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) news release, the organization is encouraging Thanksgiving holiday travelers to plan ahead for heavy traffic along key travel corridors. Peak travel periods are anticipated between noon and 8 p.m. on Wednesday (Nov. 23) and again on Sunday (Nov. 27).

“Whether you are traveling near or far this holiday weekend, please buckle up, drive sober, watch out for deer and follow posted speed limits," WisDOT Secretary Craig Thompson said. “Those responsible decisions can prevent crashes and help ensure a safe and enjoyable Thanksgiving for everyone."

Know before you go and get updated information on travel conditions, work zones and incidents across Wisconsin:

Download the free 511 Wisconsin smartphone app

Visit 511wi.gov

Follow @511WI on Twitter

Dial 511

Accessible online at 511wi.gov or via the 511 Wisconsin smartphone app, motorists can view live video feeds of travel conditions via traffic cameras throughout Wisconsin.

Alerts and updates provided via these sites are not intended for use while driving. When driving, your focus should always be on driving.

Wisconsin Division of Motor Vehicle (DMV) customer service centers will be closed from Thursday, November 24 to Saturday, November 26. Citizens can conduct DMV business online 24/7 at wisconsindmv.gov.​

Contact reporter Scott De Laruelle @sdelaruelle@orourkemediagroup.com

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