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Traffic routes announced for PGA Championship

Plan calls for safe, efficient, traffic flow during weeklong event in Wisconsin

For information on the PGA Championship traffic plan and detailed route maps:
http://www.dot.wisconsin.gov/travel/special-events/pgatraffic.htm

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Sheboygan County, May 19, 2004
The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT), the State Patrol, and the Sheboygan County Sheriff's Department today announced a plan to accommodate the expected increase in traffic throughout eastern Wisconsin during the PGA Championship scheduled for this summer.

The PGA Championship will take place August 9-15 at Whistling Straits Golf Course, about 7 miles north of the city of Sheboygan along Lake Michigan.

WisDOT Secretary Frank Busalacchi said the traffic plan is designed to keep local traffic, tourists, and business travelers safe during the weeklong event.

As many as 20,000 vehicles per day are expected to be traveling to the event alone, in addition to normal daily traffic through Wisconsin's busy northeast and southeast corridors. Additional traffic is expected in the region this summer due to the EAA Fly In and Convention in Oshkosh, Road America events at Elkhart Lake, and the Wisconsin State Fair in West Allis.

A comprehensive traffic plan has been developed to help move traffic smoothly and safely through the region during the PGA Championship. The plan is a cooperative effort among WisDOT, the Wisconsin State Patrol, the Sheboygan and Manitowoc County Sheriff's Departments, and the Sheboygan and Manitowoc County Highway Departments.

The plan calls for four major routes into the PGA Championship, and four major routes exiting the PGA Championship. Alternate routes have also been mapped out.

These routes rely on a mix of state, county, and town roads, including Highways 23 and 42. The primary artery for traffic originating in southeast Wisconsin and other points south is expected to be I-43.

To help control the traffic flow, each ticket holder will be assigned one of the four routes in and out of the event. Motorists will be asked to always use their assigned route. This system is expected to keep traffic moving. "Attendees will still need to exercise patience and to allow extra time for getting to and from the event," said Captain David Pichette of State Patrol District 3.

The Wisconsin State Patrol and the Sheboygan and Manitowoc County Sheriff's Departments along with the Cleveland and Kohler Police Departments will provide traffic enforcement at more than two dozen traffic control points along the routes to assure a smooth flow of vehicles.

Secretary Busalacchi is encouraging those who plan to travel to the PGA Championship to share rides and carpool. "The message is 'Ride 4 in '04.' In other words, try to have four occupants to a car to reduce traffic volumes and parking needs."

"We're confident this is a good plan," said the Secretary. "We believe that PGA attendees as well as commuters and local residents will be well served."

For information on the PGA Championship traffic plan and detailed route maps:
http://www.dot.wisconsin.gov/travel/special-events/pgatraffic.htm

For more information about the PGA Championship event contact:
Scott Silvestri, Kohler Company, (920)457-4441, ext 77741
scott.silvestri@kohler.com

For more information contact:
Captain David Pichette, (920)929-3700
david.pichette@dot.state.wi.us

Kim Rudat, (920)492-5743
kim.rudat@dot.state.wi.us

Contents
Future PGA Championships
YearCourseLocationDates
2004Whistling StraitsKohler, WIAug. 12-15
2005BaltusrolSpringfield, NJAug. 11-14
2006MedinahMedinah, ILAug.
2007Southern HillsTulsa, OKAug.
2008Oakland HillsBloomfield Hills, MIAug.
2009Hazeltine Nat'l G.C.Chaska, MNAug.
2010SahaleeRedmond, WAAug.
2011Atlanta Athl. ClubDuluth, GAAug.
 

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