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Newsline audio releases – August 29, 2014

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Don Greuel (groyl) with the Wisconsin DOT’s Bureau of Project Development has advice for the thousands of people expected to take to the highways this Labor Day weekend.

Cut 1: Don Greuel, Bureau of Project Development (324 KB/21 seconds)

“If you’re going to travel over the Labor Day weekend, our advice is to plan ahead, avoid peak travel periods if possible, be patient, and make sure everyone in your vehicle is buckled up. As we do for all major holidays, construction work will come to a temporary halt, but drivers will still encounter work zones — and that means being aware of your speed and following distance.”

Cut 2: Don Greuel, Bureau of Project Development (261 KB/17 seconds)

“We want everyone to get where they’re going safely, but that means drivers need to stay focused at all times. Work zones present special challenges. The most common work zone crash is a rear-ender — usually caused by drivers speeding, being distracted, or following vehicles too closely.

Cut 3: Wrap with Greuel (896 KB/57 seconds)

If your Labor Day weekend plans include heading out on the highways, expect plenty of company. Don Greuel with the Wisconsin DOT’s Bureau of Project Development, says while most road construction work will be put on hold, drivers should still expect to see plenty of orange barrels and work zones that require drivers’ full attention.

“If you’re going to travel over the Labor Day weekend, our advice is to plan ahead, avoid peak travel periods if possible, be patient, and make sure everyone in your vehicle is buckled up. As we do for all major holidays, construction work will come to a temporary halt, but drivers will still encounter work zones — and that means being aware of your speed and following distance.”

The “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign continues through Labor Day, meaning state and local law enforcement agencies across Wisconsin will be patrolling in greater numbers and for longer hours to enforce traffic laws and assist stranded motorists. This is Rob Miller reporting.

There’s a new name for the Mississippi River between St. Louis and Minneapolis. Sheri Walz with WisDOT’s Rails and Harbors Section explains M-35.

Cut 1: Sheri Walz, Rails and Harbors Section (362 KB/23 seconds)

“The ‘M’ stands for marine, it’s a Marine Highway Corridor that’s been designated by the U.S. Department of Transportation. The M-35 name was selected because Interstate 35 represents the river’s route. Five state DOTs applied for the designation, earlier this year, including Wisconsin; and represent the first multi-state application for designation of a Marine Highway Corridor.”

Cut 2: Sheri Walz, Rails and Harbors Section (363 KB/23 seconds)

“The establishment of M-35 will help support freight movement and economic growth along the Upper Mississippi River. M-35 will also help reduce highway and rail congestion by focusing on waterborne commerce. This is estimated to result in up to $45 million in public benefits from air quality improvements and savings of around $150 million in highway maintenance costs.”

Cut 3: Wrap with Walz (966 KB/62 seconds)

There’s a new name for the Mississippi River between St. Louis and Minneapolis. Sheri Walz with WisDOT’s Rails and Harbors Section explains the establishment of M-35.

“The ‘M’ stands for marine, it’s a Marine Highway Corridor that’s been designated by the U.S. Department of Transportation. The M-35 name was selected because Interstate 35 represents the river’s route. Five state DOTs applied for the designation, earlier this year, including Wisconsin; and represent the first multi-state application for designation of a Marine Highway Corridor.”

The formality makes Wisconsin ports and businesses along the river eligible for future federal support. M-35 will also help reduce highway and rail congestion by focusing on waterborne commerce. This is estimated to result in up to $45 million in public benefits from air quality improvements and savings of around $150 million in highway maintenance costs in the five state region. This is Brock Bergey reporting.


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