Holiday Weekend Brings Heavy Traffic

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The long holiday weekend is behind us, but the traffic that is brought is still around.

"Traffic was extremely busy this weekend," said Wisconsin State Patrol Sergeant Bryan Wyrcha. "And I'm expecting it to stay busy through tomorrow."

The Fourth of July weekend had thousands scrambling to the Northwoods. But now it's time to head back to reality, and back home, leaving roadways crowded and in some places, traffic crawling. Traffic on Highway 51 was at a near stand still from Merrill to Wausau Sunday afternoon. For some drivers, its conditions they haven't seen before.

"This is the worst I've ever seen it in my entire life and I've been coming up here every year for a lot of years," said Tim Erickson, a driver from Janesville.

Others have noticed the heavier traffic too. David Plath, a college student from Minnesota, braced himself for his commute home.

"Today there's definitely been a lot of traffic, definitely a lot of people heading back West," he said.

However, while traffic has been moving slowly, Sergeant Wrycha said he's only seen minor accidents.

"We've seen some slower moving traffic with some backups but nothing significant."

While many people may have to endure traffic to enjoy the holiday weekend, for many, the traditions and festivities they celebrate are enough to make the trip worthwhile.

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