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Head of WisDOT to ride along with trucker

August 27, 2014

WisDOT Secretary Mark Gottlieb to ride shotgun for first-hand look at transportation industry

Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDot) Secretary Mark Gottlieb will get a first-hand look at today’s trucking industry when he rides along with commercial OTR driver Lisa Buhrow Friday, August 29. This event is coordinated by the Women In Trucking Association. Secretary Gottlieb will ride from Saukville to Beaver Dam, Wisconsin.

"Jobs in the transportation industry today are plentiful and it’s important for me to see that the tools, training and technology that we have in place through WisDOT are truly supporting this growing industry," said Secretary Gottlieb. "I want to see how Wisconsin’s regulations, road repairs, even rest areas have affected drivers."

As heavy and tractor trailer truck driver jobs in Wisconsin are projected to grow at a rate of almost 1,700 openings each year between 2012 and 2022, WisDOT is expanding its tools to provide effective training to get qualified drivers on the road faster and safer. These include the recently updated printed Wisconsin Commercial Driver’s Manual available at DMV customer service centers and its electronic versions – online free in English and Spanish in both pdf or eReader formats at the WisDOT website. The new Wisconsin CDL mobile app helps drivers prepare for the knowledge portion of the CDL test and is also free in both Apple and Android versions.

The WisDOT is also partnering with the Department of Workforce Development (DWD), Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC), Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS), Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs (WDVA), Job Center of Wisconsin agencies and representatives from the trucking industry to encourage individuals to consider careers in the transportation industry. The median 2012 wage for Wisconsin truck drivers was $49,160. Additional details about this dynamic, well-paying and growing career sector are available online.

For more information, contact:
Terry Walsh, public information officer
(608) 266-6752, terry.walsh@dot.wi.gov; and

Lana Nichols, project manager, Women In Trucking Association
(920) 737-9490

 

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