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WisDOT Radio Newsline
January 30, 2015
There were zero traffic fatalities in Wisconsin last Super Bowl Sunday and transportation safety officials are hoping for a similar shut-out this year. That will require all motorists, party hosts and attendees to do their part and act responsibly. This includes planning ahead, arranging for a designated driver or other safe ride home, and never allowing others to get behind the wheel impaired. State and local police around Wisconsin will be on the look-out for drunk drivers. People will also see changeable message signs along major highways across the state reminding motorists to "Plan ahead. Designate a sober driver." Audio
Sun Prairie’s famous groundhog will make its winter prediction Monday regarding whether winter will hang around longer or give way to an early spring. Either way, there’s still plenty of winter left, and the Wisconsin State Patrol is reminding all motorists to keep their vehicle’s windows clear of snow, frost and ice. Peering through a porthole while driving – with the rest of your windows obstructed – is not only dangerous, it could result in a 175-dollar citation for not keeping your vehicle’s windows "reasonably clean."
It’s very difficult to see, and can easily send an unwary driver spinning off a roadway. Black ice forms as a thin layer of clear ice that can make a roadway extremely slippery. Because such ice is largely free of air bubbles, it’s transparent and takes on the color of the underlying pavement – hence the name "black ice." Black ice can develop following an early morning fog or frost, or in low spots where water may be draining across a road. The best advice for drivers is to be alert, slow down and maintain your "feel" for the road, especially on bridges and ramps where a road’s surface may freeze more quickly than surrounding pavement. Audio
The Wisconsin DOT has announced awards for outstanding highway-related construction work completed over the past year. Award winners include a concrete paving project in Brown County, an asphalt paving project in Dane County, and bridge projects in Trempealeau and Manitowoc counties. Other projects receiving recognition include bridge work along I-39 in Dane County, and concrete paving projects in Milwaukee, Brown and Jackson counties (more info can be found on the "News" section of the WisDOT web site).
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Last modified: January 29, 2015
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