Fall is just around the corner, which means road construction projects in the area will soon be wrapping up.
With construction projects at Lang Drive in La Crosse and at Highway 35 and the interstate, there have been plenty of orange barrels throughout the La Crosse area this summer.
But with the construction season soon ending, we take a look at where some of these projects stand, and how much work needs be done before they can be finished.
Construction has been a common sight for those who use Interstate 90 between La Crescent and Onalaska.
For the last two years, workers have been busy reconstructing both the eastbound and westbound lanes as part of a nearly $80 million project.
"It is expected to be complete around the middle of November. I think our completion date is Nov. 18,” Rob Winterton of the Wisconsin Department of Transportation said.
The final project isn't complete, however. Beginning next spring, crews will begin working on reconstructing Rose Street from Livingston Street in La Crosse into Onalaska.
"We'll essentially be building one half at a time. So we'll be having traffic on either side. Sometimes it will be two lanes in each direction. Sometimes it will be one. There's going to be a lot of stages next year just to get that built,” Winterton said.
Meanwhile, the construction on Highway 35 between Onalaska and Holmen will continue to slow down drivers in the coming weeks.
The southbound lane is still being constructed, and two roundabouts are going in at Rider's Club Road and at Mason Street. Project leaders say getting through them this fall could be challenging.
"The roundabouts are going to be tricky to go through, because of the way we are pouring the curb and gutter. It will be counter-intuitive for a lot of drivers,” Todd Waldo, of the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, said.
But project leaders say given the amount of traffic on the road, the project is necessary.
"This one will be really nice to have done. Getting all those turning movements into the turn lanes and reduce those conflict points."
For those dealing with long travel times on Lang Drive, project leaders remain hopeful on its completion date, despite all the rain.
"We are still on schedule to have everything opened up by Oktoberfest,” Waldo said.
The Highway 16 project between Onalaska and West Salem is also progressing. That project is still expected to be complete some time later this fall.
Project leaders with the transportation department say this was one of the busier construction seasons they have ever had in the area.