Local authorities planning traffic routes to the show (Includes directions to grounds)The Wood County Sheriff's Department in conjunction with the Wood County Highway Department, Town of Lincoln, City of Marshfield, and the Wisconsin Department of Transportation has been working on a comprehensive traffic plan to adequately support the increase in traffic the local area will experience during Farm Technology Days this summer.
Through the planning of this event, the consortium has determined local roadways could see an increase of over 7,000 vehicles a day above the normal daily traffic in the area. Because of this increase, several precautionary measures will be put in place to make this as safe and efficient as possible.
One of these measures involves the reduction of the speed limit on County Hwy. H and County Hwy. B, where the speed will be reduced from 55 miles per hour to 45 between June 12 through July 15. During Peak arrival and departure times, traffic patterns will be continue to be adjusted to accommodate the increase of traffic.
Additionally, authorities have worked with engineers in the City of Marshfield to re-time the traffic standards to better accommodate the increased number of vehicles through on Central Avenue. The Marshfield Police Department has been involved in the planning process as their personnel will be needed in assisting with the directed flow of traffic. The Wisconsin State Patrol will also be assisting with this as several intersections have been identified as high traffic intersections.
During the three day event, there will also be a number of closed roads in the area to help direct traffic to the appropriate parking areas. And several roads along the primary guide routes going through Marshfield will have signage indicating 'No Thru Traffic.'
To help out-of-town visitors find the best route to enter the show's grounds, the following directions are being recommended:
FROM SOUTH or TOMAH
FROM I-94 go East on STH 21 for approximately 4.25 miles to STH 173 and turn left onto STH 173 North. Continue on STH 173 for approximately 23.5 miles to STH 80. Turn left on STH 80 and continue for approximately 12 miles. Continue on STH 80 (left) for approximately 12.5 miles to US HWY 10 Round About and take third exit. Continue 1.75 miles to CTH B and go north. Take CTH B north for approximately 3 miles to Farm Technology Days.
FROM EAST or STEVENS POINT
Take US HWY 10 west for approximately 30 miles to the US HWY 10 Round About. Take second exit and continue on CTH BB for approximately 1 mile and turn right (north) onto Lincoln Ave. Farm Technology Days is approximately 1.5 miles on the left side of the road.
FROM WEST OR EAU CLAIRE/CHIPPEWA FALLS
Take US HWY 29 from Chippewa Falls for approximately 38.5 miles and take exit 118 for STH 73 towards Neillsville. Take STH 73 for approximately 20 miles to CTH H. Turn left (east) on CTH H and continue for approximately 19.25 miles and Farm Technology Days will be on the right side of the road.
FROM NORTH OR WAUSAU
Take US HWY 29 west out of Wausau for approximately 20 miles and take Exit for STH 97 south. Travel on STH 97 for approximately 21 miles until the junction of STH 13 and S Central Ave. Continue straight onto S Central Ave for approximately 0.75 miles and turn right (west) on to CTH H/W 14th St. Continue on CTH H/W 14th St for approximately 1 mile and Farm Technology Days will be on the left side of the road.
The Traffic and Safety Committee also has been involved in the planning and implementation of a comprehensive safety plan. During the event, there will be eight EMS/Fire Strike Teams assigned to several areas to ensure the safety of everyone at the show.