DOT to pause most highway construction for holiday, issues safety tips

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MADISON, Wis. (WEAU) -- The Fourth of July is one of the busiest travel periods of the year and drivers are being asked to be patient, alert and safe.

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation says most highway construction projects will be put on hold starting Tuesday afternoon and will resume Thursday, July 5.

The department is reminding those traveling to buckle-up, expect more traffic, and plan ahead.

Other important traffic safety reminders:

• Before heading out, check the 511 travel information system for the latest on traffic incidents and delays. Consider downloading the free 511 Wisconsin mobile app or follow @511WI on Twitter.

• Posted speed limits apply to ideal travel conditions. Drivers are required to slow to a “reasonable and prudent” speed based on weather and traffic conditions.

• Except for emergencies, it is illegal in Wisconsin for drivers to use a handheld mobile device in work zones. Texting while driving is prohibited at all times.

• The state’s Move Over law requires drivers to slow down or shift lanes when coming upon emergency response vehicles stopped along a roadway with warning lights flashing. This includes police and fire vehicles, ambulances, tow trucks and highway maintenance vehicles.

• Stopping along a highway and getting out of your vehicle can be dangerous, increasing the chances of being struck by another vehicle. If you become stranded, it’s generally safest to stay buckled up inside your vehicle and call for help.

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