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WisDOT Radio Newsline

August 29, 2014

To keep traffic flowing as smoothly as possible, most major highway construction work will be put on hold for the three-day Labor Day weekend. But there are still plenty of orange barrels, work zones, lane restrictions and possible traffic delays that will require drivers’ full attention. Peak travel periods are expected to occur between noon and 8 p.m. today (8/29) and again on Monday (9/1). The State Patrol and local law enforcement agencies will patrol in greater numbers and for longer hours as part of the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign — enforcing traffic laws and assisting stranded motorists. The best advice for motorists: plan ahead, be patient, and buckle up. Audio

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Take high humidity levels, add cooler nighttime air and you’ve got the perfect recipe for fog — creating a major challenge for early morning drivers this time of year. Weather forecasters can tell us when conditions are favorable for fog, but predicting specifically where heavy fog develops is difficult, meaning motorists need to be especially alert for changing conditions and drive accordingly. Along with slowing down in fog, make sure your low-beam headlights are on. Motorists entering a foggy highway should turn off the radio, eliminate all distractions, watch and listen carefully for the potential of oncoming traffic.

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The U.S. DOT has designated the Upper Mississippi River as a Marine Highway Corridor or M-35. Five state DOT’s including Wisconsin requested the designation which will support freight movement and economic growth along the river segment between Minneapolis and St. Louis. The designation also makes ports and domestic commercial services along the corridor eligible for federal support from the U.S. Maritime Administration. Encouraging use of the M-35 corridor will also help alleviate highway and rail congestion – generating over $45 million in public benefits from air quality improvements and saving $150 million in highway maintenance needs. Audio

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Governor Walker has proclaimed September as the Wisconsin State Patrol 75th Anniversary Month. On September 1, 1939, the Wisconsin Legislature created the Motor Vehicle Department’s Inspection and Enforcement Division which would evolve into the State Patrol. As a division of the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, the State Patrol has about 489 sworn law enforcement officers statewide whose duties include enforcing traffic laws, conducting safety inspections of commercial vehicles, and reconstructing crash and crime scenes.

 

For more information, contact:

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


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