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April 11, 2014

It’s that time of year when Wisconsin’s Adopt-a-Highway (AAH) volunteers can be seen picking up a winter’s worth of trash along state highways. Wisconsin is home to nearly 3,000 AAH groups who are asked to pick up trash along their assigned two-mile segment of state highway at least three times per year. Last year, Wisconsin AAH groups picked up an estimated 190 tons of trash and recyclables along state roadways. Of the 11,800 miles of state highways in Wisconsin, about 8,220 miles or about 70 percent are “adopted.” People interested in adopting a highway segment will find more information on the WisDOT web site. Audio


Next week (April 13 to 19) is National Public Safety Telecommunications Week. The Wisconsin State Patrol is recognizing all law enforcement dispatchers whose daily duties can involve direct communication with officers on patrol, coordinating responses to traffic crashes and other emergencies. The State Patrol has 58 law enforcement dispatcher and supervisory staff stationed at regional communications centers in Deforest, Tomah, Waukesha, Fond du Lac, Wausau, Eau Claire and Spooner. In addition, State Patrol dispatchers assist state DNR wardens and officials from federal agencies.


The “Transportation Moves Wisconsin” tour heads to northwest Wisconsin next week. Wisconsin DOT Secretary Mark Gottlieb will be at the department’s Northwest Region Office in Superior on Tuesday (4/15) and at the Centennial Hall Building on the UW-Eau Claire campus Wednesday (4/16). Both meetings begin with an open house at 5 p.m., a presentation at 5:30 p.m. followed by public discussion. These “informal” public meetings are an opportunity for citizens to learn more about challenges related to statewide transportation needs and revenues. Audio


Talking on a cell phone, eating or combing your hair are common activities. But they can be deadly if done while driving. April is national Distracted Driver Awareness Month and transportation safety officials are urging all drivers to eliminate distractions and focus their full attention on driving. In Wisconsin, texting while driving is illegal for all drivers. State law also prohibits novice drivers with an instruction permit or probationary license from using any type of wireless phone while driving except to report an emergency.


For more information, contact:

Rob Miller, WisDOT Office of Public Affairs
(608) 266-2405,

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