Monday night game brings traffic headaches
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GREEN BAY, WI --Game-day traffic is a big concern Monday night, with the Packers game on a week day and detours in place because of the Leo Frigo Bridge closure.
Even if you're not going to the game and you usually you don't travel over the Leo Frigo Bridge, DOT leaders and Wisconsin State Patrol say you're still likely to be affected by the traffic.
Heading to the game or not, many are expecting traffic jams and working out a way around them.
"I try to hit all the side streets I can," said Marlene Murphy of Green Bay.
"We try to get a hotel, that's close, so we don't have to drive all the way back," said Chris Sukis of Wausau.
From 26,000 on a Sunday to 40,000 on a week night, the cars that would take the Leo Frigo Bridge move to the detour on Highway 172. Add Packers traffic and commuters at rush hour, that means 172 will bear the brunt of the backups.
"It is going to be incredibly congested out there," said Regional Communications Manager for the Wisconsin DOT, Kim Rudat.
Most construction work has been stopped, but the DOT advises everyone who can to stay off the major highways, especially 172, 41 and 43.
"The best advice is if you have to drive plan extra time," said Rudat.
The DOT is working alongside State Patrol to manage heavy traffic. For this game day, State Patrol has seven or eight troopers in the Green Bay area compared to the standard two, and they're ready to respond.
"The most common is the rear end crashes, from people following too close or not paying attention," said Wisconsin State Patrol Trooper Lou Judge.
This traffic likely to be some of the heaviest the Green Bay area sees all year.