Sometimes it feels like there are only two seasons in Wisconsin: winter and road construction. Driving on Wisconsin’s wintery roads is challenging enough, and some days it feels like winter is never going to end but eventually the sun returns. Although it seems as soon as the snow melts the orange construction cones replace the snow banks along the roadside. If you are like me I would do anything to avoid construction back-ups, I would prefer to take a longer route than sit stopped or going obnoxiously slow on the highway. If you are looking to avoid getting caught in road construction this summer, follow these simple tips.
Tips to Avoid Getting Caught in Construction Traffic
Plan an Alternative Route
If the road construction is local then planning an alternative route is easy; simply bypass the area under construction all together by utilizing other roads. If your destination prohibits you from finding an alternative route, then try to plan a route that minimizes your travel along the affected road(s). If you are not local and the construction and traffic find you by surprise, find the exit immediately. Get off the road you are on and use your smart phone to find an alternative route, you can set an option to “avoid highways” that will ensure Google maps just doesn’t direct you back on to the road you were trying to avoid.
If you are travelling through an unknown area you can get advanced notice of traffic and construction information by dialing 511 on your cellphone. This will provide information on upcoming delays and allow you to plan an alternative route accordingly. There are also Apps on your smartphone that will give real time traffic and construction updates along your route to help you avoid backups.
The greatest reason for construction backups is by driving too fast through construction zones. There is a reason for reduced speed limits in construction zones and that is to ensure that all vehicles can handle the uneven and often rough roadway. As soon as one car needs to slam on their brakes it sends a chain reaction through traffic. If the car was travelling at a safe speed it could have avoided the sudden braking and kept traffic moving smoothly, although slower, through the construction zone.
Nobody likes road construction season but it is a necessary evil here in Wisconsin to maintain safe roadways through our white winters. Use the preceding easy to follow tips to avoid getting caught in road construction this summer.