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Will road work affect Memorial Day travel?

With Memorial Day weekend around the corner, the American Automobile Association predicts more than 36 million Americans will be on the move.

About 700,000 Wisconsinites are expected to travel at least 50 miles from home, AAA said. But with roads under construction across the state, will holiday travelers see delays and detours?

The state Transportation Department said most road projects are on hold for travelers this weekend as workers get the holiday off. 

Most road work will stop at noon on Friday and will resume Tuesday morning, the agency said.

Some projects can't be delayed, so you may see some construction depending on where you're traveling. Transportation leaders say cones and barriers will also be moved where allowed. But they warn drivers to be alert.

"They may encounter narrower lanes. They may also have speed limit reductions so people really need to be paying attention to where they're going and what they're doing and be prepared for changes," said Kristin McHugh, a DOT spokeswoman in Wisconsin Rapids.

Another reminder, the "Click It or Ticket" campaign is underway in Wisconsin. Police will be checking to see if you're wearing a seat belt as the summer season officially begins.

DOT leaders say it's also a good idea to call 511 before you leave on your trip. It has updates on any delays or traffic problems.
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