No Interstate construction over holiday weekend, closures in Janesville

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Nico Savidge
Friday, August 30, 2013

JANESVILLE—Construction crews on Interstate 90/39 are taking Labor Day weekend off to keep traffic flowing, while events in Janesville will force authorities to close some roads in town.

Projects to widen the Interstate, which have prompted nightly lane closures for weeks, stopped for the weekend Friday afternoon. They won't resume until early Tuesday morning, project communications manager Steve Theisen said.

All lanes and shoulders will be open and workers will not be out at the sites, Theisen said, in an effort to accommodate travelers during one of the state's major tourism weekends.

Still, the Interstate will likely see some congestion, Theisen warned.

Backups could be particularly bad for southbound traffic on Monday afternoon and evening, he said.

Sgt. Todd Brehm of the Wisconsin State Patrol said that even though construction crews might be gone, drivers should stay alert—particularly near the state line where lanes shift.

Brehm recommended traveling in the morning to beat traffic.

Using alternate routes such as highways instead of the Interstate also could help drivers avoid traffic, Theisen said.

“With the backups and everything, it could be a horse apiece,” Theisen said. “Plan extra time, and you'll get there safely.”

In Janesville, the Rock Aqua Jays' fireworks display in Traxler Park will close the Memorial Avenue bridge and ramps starting at 7 p.m. Sunday night, police said. North Franklin Street will be closed from Mineral Point Avenue to Highland Avenue at 7 p.m., according to a news release.

On Monday, drivers will have limited access to downtown streets around the Labor Day Parade route starting at about 11:45 a.m., authorities said.

The parade starts at the Five Points intersection at 1 p.m., then goes east on Milwaukee Street and south on Main Street, ending at Racine Street.

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