GREEN BAY - More of the fans headed to Lambeau Field Sunday will be coming from out of town. It's a Milwaukee or "gold" ticket package game against the Lions.
That means increased traffic on Highway 172 and Highway 41.
The Wisconsin Department of Transportation is paring things down for travelers.
Traffic engineer Randy Asman says the DOT, Packers officials and Wisconsin State Patrol met earlier this week discuss the impact the Leo Frigo Bridge closure will have on game day traffic.
"We're all on the same page. We all have the same mission: We want to get to the game safely and on time,” said Randy Asman, WisDOT traffic engineer.
On game days, about 31,000 vehicles travel across the bridge. On non-game day Sundays, the DOT says that number drops down to about 28,000.
If you're skeptical about how the bridge closure will impact you on game day, the DOT says you'd be mistaken. Those 30,000-plus vehicles have to go somewhere.
“31,000 cars want to be there this coming Sunday. So those vehicles are going to go somewhere else. That's where the delays come in,” said Asman.
The Highway 172 bridge already handles nearly 70,000 vehicles on a Packers home game. The DOT says that's not much more than what it would handle normally.
Add congestion to the mix from the U.S. 41 project, DOT officials say the 172-41 interchange will be a place to avoid.
That's why the DOT suggests if you're on I-43 northbound to try exiting at Mason Street and make your way through the city.
If you're northbound on 41, try exiting at Ashland or Oneida. Southbound on 41, use Mason.
Extra road service personnel and State Patrol officers will be on hand to help keep things moving.
"When you're out there, if something does happen, if you do break down, if there is a fender bender, if somebody does hit one of the retaining walls on the 41 project, we have the resources in place to get there, get the car out of there and get traffic moving, fast,” said Mark Kantola, U.S. 41 project communications manager.
A plane will also monitor traffic from the sky.
Packers fans should plan to double-check their game day travel routes and leave early for the foreseeable future, as it's still not known when the Leo Frigo Bridge will be repaired.
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