Police recommend alternative routes to Northern Wisconsin State Fair

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CHIPPEWA FALLS, Wis. (WEAU) -- For those headed to the Northern Wisconsin State Fair this week the Chippewa Falls Police Department has advice to avoid significant delays and traffic issues.

The fair begins Wednesday and runs until Sunday.

Work began in April on the Highway 124 bridge that leads to and from downtown Chippewa Falls.

While one lane is open officers say with thousands of car expected to come to the area they're asking fair-goers to take different routes.

Chippewa Falls police say drivers can take highway 53 across the Chippewa River and go up to County S and then take S to 124 and come down that way.

If you're coming from the east officers recommend doing the same thing with Highway 178.

Police Chief Matt Kelm said to take 178 or Seymour Cray Blvd. across the river and take either County Highway I or County S over, then go down on 124 to get to the fairgrounds.

Kelm said, “We want to make sure that the traffic flows freely throughout the city as much as possible obviously to allow our emergency vehicles to get around but also it increases aggravation of people to be sitting in traffic, so we want to keep it moving as much as possible.”

The $2.3 million project is expected to be done by September

The department also says those attending the fair should remember to drink plenty of water and to make sure kids are drinking plenty as well.

Officers also say if you're planning on drinking alcohol to plan a safe ride home.

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