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WisDOT Radio Newsline

July 18, 2014

It’s that time of year when inspectors are taking a close look at highway bridges across Wisconsin. All Wisconsin bridges are inspected at least once every two years. The Wisconsin DOT is responsible to inspect the 4,900 bridges along numbered state and federal highways. Local governments handle all other bridge inspections — usually with the help of a private consultant. Some bridges can be inspected on foot, while larger structures may require use of a “reach all” vehicle where inspectors ride in a bucket at the end of a long, hydraulic arm. Routine inspections involve examining the structural components of the bridge, and identifying an overall rating factor for the bridge supports, girders and deck. Audio

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No need to postpone your plans, but you might want to consider an alternate route. Beginning at 11 p.m. tonight, I-94 west of the Zoo Interchange in Milwaukee will be completely closed to traffic and will remain that way through the weekend. There will be signed detours between the Zoo Interchange and Moorland Road. The roadway is set to re-open Monday (July 21) at 5:30 a.m. The full Interstate closure will allow for work on a railroad bridge, at the same time the west span of WIS 100 will be demolished as work continues on the new WIS 100 Interchange.

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It’s time to talk about a fresh coat of paint. Not on your house, but on several roads around the state. WisDOT-sponsored crews are re-striping lane markings with white and yellow paint. A typical crew works in a three-vehicle convoy, with the paint truck leading the way. If you find yourself behind a convoy, slow down and stay behind the last vehicle. Paint crews will pull over whenever possible to allow traffic to pass. Pay attention to “wet paint” warning signs and avoid driving over freshly applied paint. Removing road paint from your vehicle is not an easy task. Audio

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A total of 52 recruits recently began a six-month training program at the State Patrol Academy in Fort McCoy. The future state troopers and inspectors learn about criminal and traffic laws, emergency vehicle operations and lifesaving techniques, crash investigations and firearms proficiency. Troopers patrol highways enforcing traffic safety and criminal laws, while inspectors enforce motor carrier laws involving large trucks and other commercial motor vehicles. The cadets are part of the State Patrol’s 60th recruit class during the agency’s 75th anniversary.

For more information, contact:

Rob Miller, WisDOT Office of Public Affairs
(608) 266-2405, robert.miller@dot.wi.gov


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