I have a story to tell you and it is kinda about the Green Bay Packers.
I was on my way to the Packers vs. Minnesota Vikings game in December 2012 when I came to a stop in a construction zone only a few miles from the stadium.
I was headed there with great hopes of some great shots. You see, I was headed there as a member of the media, having field photography credentials burning a hole in my pocket.
The only problem when I came to a stop was the fact that the next couple of vehicles didn’t stop.
I remember only looking in my rear view mirror and seeing only the grill of a huge SUV hurtling toward the back end of my 2000 Toyota Sienna.
Crash and bang was about all I remember.
The vehicles were worse than mine, and my van was totaled.
Damn! I was making good time, too.
But after phone calls were made, accident reports were completed and the tow trucks hauled away the wreckage, I got a ride with the guy who was in front of me and took a hit from the front end of my Toyota. His truck didn’t have a scratch.
So he and his wife, the kind folk that they were, took me right up to the stadium where I arrived about 30 minutes before kickoff.
The ride home is for another day.
The moral of the story.
Stay safe if you are planning to head to Green Bay for Family night on Saturday.
That said, below you will find the Packer travel advisor that is put out prior to every home game to help inform and guide travelers.
Here it is … check it out.
Packer travel advisory
Family Night and EAA to impact travel SaturdayThe Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) Northeast Region in Green Bay is reminding motorists heading to Lambeau Field for Packer Family Night on Saturday, August 2, that road construction season continues on many major roads in northeast Wisconsin. Actual construction will cease for the weekend, but temporary barrier walls, narrow lanes, orange barrels, and increased volume from Packer Family Night and EAA AirVenture WILLaffect travel.WisDOT strongly recommends motorists allow themselves additional time to reach their destinations.General travel information:· Packer Family Night activities will be going on throughout the day, so expect increased traffic volumes throughout the day.· The heaviest period of traffic will likely be between 3 and 7:30 p.m.· WisDOT expects the heaviest congestion and likely backups will occur at the US 41 and WIS 172 interchange.· Expect heavy traffic in Oshkosh due to EAA AirVenture.· Leave early to ensure you make it to Family Night on time.Here is a list of the major roads in northeast Wisconsin many Packers fans will be traveling as they head for the game and the road conditions they should anticipate:US 41All construction on US 41 will cease for the weekend, although barrier walls, narrow lanes, and orange barrels will be present in various locations.· Brown County –o Drivers will encounter 11-foot travel lanes and reduced shoulders in multiple locations along a 10-mile segment of highway. The speed limit is reduced to 55 mph from just south of Grant Street to Lineville Road. Temporary barrier walls at various locations will cause traffic to slow.· Winnebago County –o US 41 northbound and southbound are reduced from 3 lanes to 2 lanes between Snell Road and County G. Two lanes of traffic will be maintained in each direction.WIS 172 and US 41/WIS 172 interchange· Brown County –o Eastbound WIS 172 to northbound US 41 ramp is closed for reconstruction. Eastbound WIS 172 traffic wanting to exit to Lambeau Field will continue east on WIS 172 and take the Oneida Street/Ashland Avenue exit.o Expect congestion on northbound US 41 where the WIS 172 westbound ramp merges with US 41 northbound.I-43· Brown County –o The speed limit is reduced to 55 mph on I-43 between Atkinson Drive and US 41.WIS 29· Brown County –o WIS 29 has narrower shoulders due to temporary barrier wall at various locations that will cause traffic to slow.o WIS 29/Shawano Avenue between Packerland Drive and Taylor Street is closed for reconstruction; this includes all four US 41 exit and entrance ramps at Shawano Avenue.§ WIS 29 westbound is detoured south on Military Avenue to Mason Street, Mason west to US 41 and US 41 north to WIS 29.§ WIS 29 eastbound is detoured south on US 41 to WIS 172, WIS 172 east to I-43, and I-43 south to WIS 29.o Access to and from US 41 via the new free-flow interchange ramps will be available.WIS 32/57· Calumet Countyo The intersection of US 10 and WIS 32/57 in Forest Junction will be closed for construction of a roundabout. WIS 32/57 detour route follows WIS 32/57 to County HR to US 10 to County PP to County K to WIS 32/57.I-43· Ozaukee Countyo Traffic will be reduced to one lane on both I-43 north and south at County LL, near Fredonia. Delays of several miles are anticipated. WisDOT is encouraging northbound traffic to take alternate routes, if possible. The recommended alternate route follows WIS 57 northbound to WIS 23 eastbound, back to I-43.Travelers should allow extra time and can check online for real-time traffic information, including travel times, lane closures and incidents, at Wisconsin 511 online (www.511wi.gov/Web/) or by calling 511 on a phone.