State Patrol, travelers hit the road for Memorial Day weekend

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Drivers have hit the highway on their way to enjoy the weather for Memorial Day weekend.

Clear roads and quiet construction zones made travel easier, and with the Click it or Ticket campaign in effect, the State Patrol is increasing its enforcement.

Drivers Friday said they're looking forward to a fun and safe weekend, and hope others do the same.

“(I’ll) Probably do some riding (Friday and Saturday), and depending on the weather, Sunday maybe,” Barb Burnvedt of Menomonie said while stopping in Eau Claire on her motorcycle.

“We gonna do a little camping and we're going to Baraboo,” Domingo Contreras of St. Paul said.

The State Patrol said it's ready for more tires on the pavement.

“It's the first major holiday of the summer so people will be heading out to the lakes and graduations and so on, so we would be expecting heavier traffic this week,” Sgt. Brian Erickson said.

“We do have additional patrols on, all available people who are available to work are assigned to work this weekend.”
A second lane of traffic reopened along I-94 south of Eau Claire, but the Highway 37 ramps remain closed.

“There are some areas where you're going to see some construction barriers and evidence of construction so certainly in those areas, use extra caution and slow down when appropriate.”

Erickson reminds drivers to check their vehicles before a long trip and gave some simple tips to stay safe and avoid a ticket on busy roads.

“Make sure you drive sober, observe the speed limit and buckle up,” he said.

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