Traveling Over Memorial Day Weekend
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CREATED May. 24, 2013 - UPDATED: May. 24, 2013
STURGEON BAY, WI -- A busy holiday weekend is ahead of us. According to AAA Wisconsin, 627,000 people in the state will hit the roads.
Door County, one of Wisconsin's most popular tourist destinations, has major construction and detours. The Bay Bridge will be closed until at least July, which means all travelers have to go through the business district using side streets.
“People will be irritated that it takes them so long, they've gotten used to the bridge,” said Nancy Wiltgen, who traveled to Door County from Minnesota. She’s been visiting the area for more than 50 years.
And she knows construction can create problems.
“That's why I came yesterday because I knew traffic would be heavier today,” she said.
The detour is taking everyone through the streets of the city during opening weekend.
“You might encounter some backups, you might have to wait in line for a while,” said Mark Kantola a WisDOT manager.
Kantola said the project is on schedule, and the construction itself may be a blessing.
“I anticipated a potential headache, and I’m not seeing it,” said Steven Link, owner or “Untitled” rare and used books.
He explained the visitors are taking advantage of the detour and the shopping, and he’s hearing great things from customers.
“We’ve had people say, we had no idea there was a shopping district, we had no idea Sturgeon Bay had anything to offer,” said Link.
Throughout the weekend, WisDOT reminds to obey the speed limits posted in the city or highway.
“Take it slow, relax. You're going to a nice place,” said Kantola.
Kantola said another problem spot will be on I-43 on the Leo Frigo Bridge. It's down to one lane and they're expecting back-ups. He said to just use Highway 172 or U.S. 41 to avoid the area.