WisDOT: Flood response and recovery is ongoing in southwest Wisconsin

Michael Bie, (608) 246-7928 michael.bie@dot.wi.gov

Flood response and recovery is ongoing in southwest Wisconsin

Check 511wi.gov for the latest highway closures in southwest Wisconsin 

Recent flooding impacted numerous state highways in southwest and south-central Wisconsin. The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) encourages drivers to be aware of changing travel conditions and “know before you go” with 511 Wisconsin, Wisconsin’s Travel Information website. Despite the recent sunny weather, WisDOT is actively monitoring Interstates in southern Wisconsin due to rising waterways.

Lane closures are anticipated over the weekend on sections of the I-39/90, I-90/94 and I-39 corridors in Dane and Columbia counties as water levels gradually rise in the area. Motorists should be alert for crews and equipment and proceed with caution through all work zones.

Water is expected to crest during the weekend at the I-90/94 and I-39 interchange near Portage in Columbia County, which may require lane closures in this area. The closure of WIS 33, west of Portage, between I-90/94 and I-39 is expected this weekend. Many county and local roadways are also closed due to flooding.

High traffic volumes occur on the northbound lanes of I-39/90; I-90/94 and I-39 on Friday afternoon and during the evening. Peak traffic volumes on the southbound Interstate lanes occur on Sunday afternoon and evening. Delays are anticipated, and drivers are strongly encouraged to plan ahead and use alternate routes.

Check 511wi.gov before traveling 

Motorists are urged to continue checking 511wi.gov for travel information on Wisconsin highways, including the up-to-date list of state highways impacted by flooding.

Due to the recent flooding, motorists may encounter closed roads or road crews working under traffic. Drivers are advised to:

  • Be aware of changing travel conditions and drive with caution at all times.
  • Never drive through standing water or around barriers.
  • Follow designated detour routes 

Badger fans heading to Camp Randall 

Badger football fans are strongly encouraged to plan ahead if traveling to Camp Randall for Saturday’s 11 a.m. kick-off. The city of Madison is also experiencing road closures on the isthmus due to flooding. Visitwww.cityofmadison.com/flooding for the latest list of impacts.

Travelers are encouraged to use alternate routes or to stay after the game to allow heavy traffic to clear.

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