OSHKOSH - It took about four years of work, and 54-million dollars, but now all six lanes are open on Highway 41 in Winnebago County, and the speed limit is back to 65 miles per hour.
Since 2009 drivers on Highway 41in Winnebago county have dealt with lane closures, orange barrels and slower speed limits, but no more.
At the Planeview Truck Stop in Oshkosh owner Dirk Binnema told FOX 11 the construction completion is good for his business.
"It absolutely improves with all the construction being done, people have choices. It's great for the Fox Valley," said Binnema.
The Wisconsin Department of Transportation expanded 41 from Oshkosh to Neenah from two to three lanes, improved overpasses and built new bridges over Lake Butte des Morts and Sawyer Creek.
"The bridge really turned out nice, the many lanes here, yeah, we're really happy it's done," said Binnema.
Project Manager Tom Buchholz told us the DOT is happy too.
"We're on time, on budget, we're actually 10 days ahead of schedule," said Buchholz.
And done ahead of EAA's Airventure, which should help with traffic jams.
"As people leave after the air show in the evening and so forth and when they come in in the morning, it should eliminate some of those backups we've seen on 41 and going onto 41 during AirVenture in past years," said EAA Communications Director Dick Knapinski.
The ride is supposed to be safer too, with changes to the roadways and lighting across Lake Butte des Morts.
Overall, officials told us the project was a success.
"Given the tight conditions, working conditions, narrow lanes, narrow shoulders, a barrier on both sides, it's been better than I expected," said Buchholz.
The DOT told us there will still be some lane restrictions overnight to complete finishing touches.
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