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Don't let all the orange make you frustrated


Construction projects are causing delays and detours across central Wisconsin, but highway officials say dealing with the headache now will pay off later.

"There's a lot of hazards out on the road, especially in the summertime," Langlade County Highway Commissioner Tim Rusch said.

And you better get used to it.

"We're out there doing all sorts of work whether it's paving or crack sealing or shouldering or ditching or mowing."

It's a busy time for roadwork. In Wausau alone crews started five new projects this week. But with construction, comes the potential for danger.

"Citations go up in those construction zones because we're going to focus on those areas to make sure the workers are as safe as possible," State Trooper Bryan Wrycha said.

According to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, there are about 2,000 crashes in construction zones every year. In those crashes, around ten people die.

Authorities said it's important to be safe in construction. Penalties for dangerous driving are stiff including thousands of dollars in fines and years in prison if someone is killed or injured.

Highway workers admit delays are frustrating, but it'll be worth it in the end.

"We're only going to be out there for a little while and then it will be ten years of smooth sailing," Rusch said.

Until then, we just have to get used to the stop and go.

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