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Newsline audio releases - April 11, 2014

Listed below are MP3 audio files and the text of actualities and wraps associated with WisDOT's Radio Newsline.

It’s a busy time of year for Wisconsin Adopt-a-Highway volunteers. Todd Matheson (matha-son) with WisDOT’s Bureau of Highway Maintenance asks drivers to be alert, slow down and provide a little extra space for all roadside workers.

Cut 1: Todd Matheson, Bureau of Highway Maintenance (275 KB/18 seconds)

"Wisconsin has about 3,000 Adopt a Highway groups statewide. These groups are all volunteers and they help to make our state more attractive for travelers and visitors, and they also save taxpayer dollars. Last year, Adopt a Highway volunteers picked up around 190 tons of trash and recyclables.”

Cut 2: Todd Matheson, Bureau of Highway Maintenance (321 KB/20 seconds)

“There are still highway segments available for adoption in Wisconsin. Groups are typically assigned a two-mile segment of state highway and we ask them to make a clean sweep of their segment around three times a year. The DOT furnishes safety vests and temporary signs to alert motorists. We also provide trash bags and safety videos.”

Cut 3: Wrap with Matheson (903 KB/58 seconds)

It’s that time of year when Wisconsin’s Adopt-a-Highway volunteers can be seen picking up a winter’s worth of trash along state highways. Todd Matheson is with the Wisconsin DOT’s Bureau of Highway Maintenance – he asks drivers to be alert and slow down for the safety of motorists and for all roadside workers.

“Wisconsin has about 3,000 Adopt a Highway groups statewide. These groups are all volunteers and they help to make our state more attractive for travelers and visitors, and they also save taxpayer dollars. Last year, Adopt a Highway volunteers picked up around 190 tons of trash and recyclables.”

The DOT furnishes groups with safety vests, trash bags and temporary signs to alert motorists. Adopt a highway groups are asked to clean their assigned highway segment about three times per year. Citizens or groups interested in adopting a highway segment can find more information on the DOT web site. This is Rob Miller reporting.

Wisconsin DOT Secretary Mark Gottlieb (got-leeb) talks about the purpose of the “Transportation Moves Wisconsin” tour that moves into northwest Wisconsin the week of April 14.

Cut 1: Secretary Mark Gottlieb (381 KB/24 seconds)

“We really want to hear about how people use and depend on our transportation system. That could be commuters or truck drivers who rely on our highway system — people who use airports or transit, railroads, waterways — and even those who travel by bike or foot. But the bottom line is that no matter how you travel, our transportation needs are growing faster than the resources to meet them. So we want to talk about some of the reasons why that is, and get some feedback on how best we can address those concerns.”

Cut 2: Secretary Mark Gottlieb-Superior (892 KB/57 seconds)

Wisconsin DOT Secretary Mark Gottlieb is hosting a public town hall meeting Tuesday in Superior. Gottlieb says the purpose is to hear directly from citizens in northwest Wisconsin about their ideas to address statewide transportation needs and challenges.

“We really want to hear about how people use and depend on our transportation system. That could be commuters or truck drivers who rely on our highway system — people who use airports or transit, railroads, waterways — and even those who travel by bike or foot. But the bottom line is that no matter how you travel, our transportation needs are growing faster than the resources to meet them. So we want to talk about some of the reasons why that is, and get some feedback on how best we can address those concerns.”

Tuesday’s public meeting will be held at the DOT’s Northwest Region Office along North 4 Street in Superior. An open house begins at 5 p.m., with a presentation at 5:30, followed by public discussion. This is Rob Miller reporting.

Cut 3: Secretary Mart Gottlieb-Eau Claire (869 KB/56 seconds)

Wisconsin DOT Secretary Mark Gottlieb is hosting a public town hall meeting Wednesday in Eau Claire. Gottlieb says the purpose is to hear directly from citizens in northwest Wisconsin about their ideas to address statewide transportation needs and challenges.

“We really want to hear about how people use and depend on our transportation system. That could be commuters or truck drivers who rely on our highway system — people who use airports or transit, railroads, waterways — and even those who travel by bike or foot. But the bottom line is that no matter how you travel, our transportation needs are growing faster than the resources to meet them. So we want to talk about some of the reasons why that is, and get some feedback on how best we can address those concerns.”

Wednesday’s event will be held at the Centennial Hall Building on the UW-Eau Claire campus. An open house begins at 5 p.m., with a presentation at 5:30, followed by public discussion. This is Rob Miller reporting.


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