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WisDOT takes steps to prevent crashes on I-94 in St. Croix County

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation announced Thursday morning, Aug. 2, that it is taking steps to prevent additional traffic crashes in and near the road construction work on Interstate 94 in St. Croix County.

Over the next couple of days, construction crews will create four temporary lanes (two in each direction) to last the duration of the project under way near Roberts, the department said in a news release. The project will be completed in 2014.

"The Wisconsin Department of Transportation and the State Patrol continue to work together to implement plans to warn motorists of potential backup," the release said.

WisDOT said crews are working on crossovers and ramps to make the temporary lanes.

Until the four lanes are operational, single lane closures will be needed during the non-peak travel times, WisDOT said.

WisDOT will be put up additional signs to warn of potential backups in both the east and westbound lanes, and the State Patrol will step up enforcement in the area as well.

Motorists will see additional troopers working in and near the construction zone, the news release said.

Both departments continue to request motorists use extra caution when driving near the project.

"Rear-end collisions are the most frequent type of crash in a work zone," says WisDOT NW Region State Patrol Commander Jeff Frenette. "Motorists need to be prepared to slow down and/or stop in work zones. That means keeping your eyes on the road at all times".

The State Patrol continues to investigate the crashes that occurred on I-94 this week in St. Croix and Dunn counties.