Pleasant Prairie police issue nearly 40 tickets in one day resulting from drivers ignoring Sheridan Road closure | Accident-and-incident

PLEASANT PRAIRIE — Village police have a warning for drivers looking to travel on Sheridan Road around barricades for construction of the road at the intersection with Highway 165, which has been underway for more than a week now.

Don’t go that way, or you’ll be ticketed.

Nonetheless, according to Sgt. Zach Dutter, motorists have been doing their darnedest not to heed the road closure signs. In fact, on Tuesday, so far, nearly 40 tickets have been issued in less than 24 hours, with one officer writing at least 26 of those citations during first shift, said Dutter.

“Unfortunately, nobody is listening to those signs … so, people are driving from Kenosha to Illinois when the road is closed,” said Dutter, who added there have also been a few crashes. “They’re going around several barriers and signs that say the road is closed. That’s been our big thing.”

Dutter said the intersection closed on May 31. Construction itself began on June 1 and will continue into September. Currently, a stretch south of 91st Street to Russell Road, is open only to local residential traffic.

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“We put out two press releases now. The fire department put out a press release. People just aren’t listening,” he said.

According to the village news release, intersection improvements involve resurfacing deteriorated pavement in the construction area and providing traffic signals, updated signage and turn lanes. Work zone message boards are active and a detour route has been established. Those traveling through the area are being detoured along Highway 158 (52nd Street), Highway 31 (Green Bay Road) and Russell Road as an alternate north and south route.

Weather will determine the actual completion date for construction. Drivers in the project area are being asked to abide by construction signage and to drive with “great care, patience and thoughtful attention while this work is being completed,” according to the release.

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K9 officer Jaxx sworn in by Twin Lakes Police Department

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K9 officer Jaxx sworn in by Twin Lakes Police Department

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