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GREEN BAY — The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) Northeast Region Office is reminding motorists heading to Lambeau Field on Monday, September 28 for the 7:30 p.m. Green Bay Packer/Kansas City Chiefs football game that I-41 and adjacent roadways from Oneida St. north to Suamico in Brown County are under construction.

I-41, WIS 172 and I-43 could experience significant backups near the stadium, as could the I-41 interchanges at Oneida Street, WIS 172 and I-43. Barrier walls, orange barrels, and narrow lanes will affect travel.  Due to the I-41 Project construction, Ashland Avenue through De Pere and Ashwaubenon will also experience increased traffic congestion as additional motorists use this as an alternate route.

WisDOT strongly recommends motorists allow themselves additional time to reach their destinations and check WisDOT’s 511 website (www.511wi.gov) or call 511. Additionally, motorists are advised to remain alert and plan on exercising patience as they drive through the Green Bay area.

Commuter Traffic

Due to the game starting at 7:30 p.m. on a work day – Monday night – there will be increased traffic volume from commuter traffic in addition to game day traffic that WILL affect game day travel.

Here is a list of the major roads in northeast Wisconsin most Packer fans will be traveling as they head for Lambeau Field and the road conditions they should anticipate.

I-41 and WIS 172 Interchange

Motorists should expect heavy congestion and potential long delays at this interchange before the game and again following the game. Motorists should consider avoiding this interchange area and utilize alternate routes if possible.

I-41

Barrier walls, narrow lanes, short merge distances and orange barrels will be present at 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 Lineville Road. Temporary barrier wall at various locations will cause traffic to slow.
  • The northbound I-41 on-ramp from Velp Ave remains closed and drivers should plan alternate routes by using nearby interchanges such as Shawano Avenue, Lineville Road or Atkinson Drive interchanges.
  • Winnebago County
  • Drivers will encounter reduced speed limits on I-41 near the US 10/WIS 441/I-41 interchange. Drivers should also watch for reduced lane widths and reduced shoulder widths on northbound and southbound I-41.
  • The eastbound US 10 ramp to southbound I-41 is closed.

Washington County

  • Both I-41 and US 45 southbound approaching the I-41/US 45 split have a lane closure. Just south of the split, I/41/US 45 southbound has one lane closed. Major delays are expected during the morning, weekday commute.

I-43 and I-43/I-41 interchange

  • Brown County
  • I-43 between Atkinson Drive and I-41 is reduced to a single lane in each direction. Traffic heading north on I-43 to access southbound I-41 could experience back-ups in this location. The speed limit is also reduced to 55 mph.

WIS 441/US 10 and Roland Kampo Bridge

  • Winnebago, Outagamie and Calumet counties.
  • Drivers should be aware of orange barrels, narrow lanes, barrier walls and reduced speed limits.

WIS 32/WIS 57/County X intersection

  • Brown County
  • WIS 32/57 is closed to traffic from Scotchwood Road to County PP. There will be no access from or to WIS 32/57 at County X or Fox River Drive.

US 141

  • Marinette County
  • US 141 between Beaver Creek and Middle Inlet in Marinette County is detoured for structure replacement. The signed detour is US 141, WIS 64, County W, US 141.
  • Oconto County
  • US 141 southbound will be down to 1 lane between Timberline Road in Stiles and Habeck Lane (County E), Abrams.

Freeway Service Teams

Two freeway service teams will be working on game day in Brown County. One team will be on I-41 from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. and again from 10:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. and the other will be on WIS 172 from 3:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. These teams will assist motorists – free of charge – who are involved in minor crashes or are experiencing a breakdown. If necessary, the Freeway Service Team quickly relocates disabled vehicles from the highway’s travel lanes and/or shoulders to safe, pre-designated locations away from traffic.

Services the team provides include:

  • Relocating disabled vehicles
  • Providing small amounts of fuel
  • Handling minor repairs (changing flat tires, battery jump starts)
  • Removing small non-hazardous debris from the roadway
  • Assisting with traffic control and crash scene clearance

Please note if you are involved in a crash:

The WisDOT’s Division of State Patrol advises you to immediately call 911 if you are involved in a crash.  If there are no injuries and the vehicles can be moved, report the other vehicle’s license plate numbers as you may then be advised to move off the main portion of the roadway to a crash investigation site or to a ramp out of traffic.  This will assist first responders in reaching you while helping to clear traffic delays during the critical travel times before and following the game.

Additionally, if your vehicle becomes disabled in the I-41 work zone between De Pere and Suamico, notify authorities immediately, and WisDOT will send the Freeway Service Team vehicle to your location. Motorists can then contact their motor club or towing preference after WisDOT has relocated your vehicle to a more accessible and safe location.

Travelers should allow extra time and can check online for real-time traffic information, including travel times, lane closures and incidents, at Wisconsin 511 online (www.511wi.gov) or by calling 511 on a phone.