WDOT Puts Crews on Night Shift for Safety

July 28, 2017

Wisconsin's DOT project manager, Michael Kretschmer, told WSAW-TV in Wausau, Wisconsin the agency has chosen to do more construction during night hours due to lighter traffic and safety concerns.

Crews working on HWY 29 from Business 51 to County Road Q have been put on an 8pm to 6am shift.

"We are doing night work trying to take advantage of that lower volume of traffic during the night time. We generally only see about 15 percent of the traffic that you would during that day," said project manager Michael Kretschmer with Wisconsin DOT.

The Wisconsin DOT says according to their data, from 2014 to 2016 statewide, during the hours of 8pm to 6am there were about 1,200 crashes on Wisconsin roads, resulting in 300 people injured and 15 people killed.

By comparison, during daylight hours, the state had 5,664 crashes, 1,531 injured, and 15 deaths.

WSAW-TV says the span from HWY29 usually sees about 17,000 vehicles during the day, but that drops to only about 2,500 in the evening.

The move is part of WDOT's campaign to remind drivers to obey speed, phone and awareness laws when driving in construction building zones in an effort to keep the road workers safe.

Wisconsin State Patrol Sergeant Bryan Wrycha said trooper patrols will also increase in the construction zone.