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Governor Walker recognizes Wisconsin rest area maintenance crews

August 18, 2014

Recent State Capitol ceremony is part of Governor Walker’s "Year of a Better Bottom Line" to encourage employment opportunities for people with disabilities

During a recent State Capitol ceremony, Wisconsin Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Kleefisch presented certificates on behalf of Governor Scott Walker to recognize workers across the state employed through local community rehabilitation programs. Over 300 workers with disabilities are responsible for keeping Wisconsin’s 30 rest areas clean and open for business year round. The event is part of Governor Walker’s "Year of a Better Bottom Line" to highlight and encourage employment opportunities for people with disabilities.

"Wisconsin’s rest areas have a well-deserved reputation for being among the cleanest in the nation," Lieutenant Governor Kleefisch said. "That’s largely thanks to the dedicated workers assigned to rest areas around the state whose daily efforts support tourism and public safety by providing all travelers a convenient place to relax and refresh."

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) is responsible for operating rest areas and many waysides, and has a long-standing partnership with community rehabilitation programs that provide job opportunities to individuals who are disabled or may have limited employment options. Rehabilitation for Wisconsin oversees the state’s Rest Area Maintenance Program. There are 23 community rehabilitation centers across the state that employ workers who handle daily maintenance duties at all state rest areas, along with some waysides, park and rides, and truck Safety and Weight Enforcement Facilities. Rest areas are located along Interstates and other major four-lane highways and are open year-round. Waysides are generally located along two-lane highways and are open seasonally.

Rest Area Service Providers (Community Rehabilitation Programs) in WI

To reach any of the service providers listed below, contact: Tom Packard with Rehabilitation for Wisconsin, (608) 244-5310 – extension 107, or email: tpackard@rfw.org.

  • Barron County DDS, Barron, WI
  • Black River Industries, Medford, WI
  • Chippewa River Industries, Chippewa Falls, WI
  • Clark County Adult Development Services, Greenwood, WI
  • Curative Care Network, West Allis, WI
  • Easter Seals Southeast Wisconsin, Inc., Waukesha, WI
  • Endeavors Adult Development Center, Balsam Lake, WI
  • Goodwill Industries, N.E., Marinette, WI
  • Handishop Industries, Tomah, WI
  • Headwaters, Inc., Rhinelander, WI
  • Highline Corporation, Hurley, WI
  • Holiday House of Manitowoc, Inc., Manitowoc, WI
  • Indianhead Enterprises, Inc., Menomonie, WI
  • Kenosha Achievement Center, Inc., Kenosha, WI
  • L.E. Phillips Career Development Center, Eau Claire, WI
  • Northwoods Inc., of Wisconsin, Portage, WI
  • Opportunities Inc., Fort Atkinson, WI
  • Riverfront, Inc., La Crosse, WI
  • Superior Vocations Center, Inc., Superior, WI
  • Ventures Unlimited, Inc., Shell Lake, WI
  • Vernon Area Rehabilitation Center, Viroqua, WI
  • VIP Services, Inc., Elkhorn, WI
  • Waupaca County Industries, Inc., Manawa, WI
  • Waushara Industries, Inc., Wautoma, WI

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

 

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