May 10, 2013 Buckle up or pay the price.
During the annual "Click It or Ticket" safety campaign May 20
through June 2, about 400 law enforcement agencies across Wisconsin
will patrol in greater numbers and longer hours looking for
unbuckled drivers and passengers. With another major travel season
getting underway, state and local police are reminding motorists
that buckling up is required by state law — and is the single most
effective way to prevent injuries and death in the event of a crash.
It's estimated that one of every five Wisconsin motorists fails to
wear a seat belt, dramatically increasing the risk they will be
ejected from their vehicle or thrown around violently in a crash. Audio
Governor Scott Walker has announced a Transportation Economic
Assistance award totaling nearly $592,000 to the city of
Columbus to help construct two streets associated with the relocation
of Enerpac, Inc. The firm produces industrial-grade hydraulic
tools and equipment, and is breaking ground on a 168,000 square
foot facility. Along with retaining 200 jobs, the TEA grant will
also help create 50 new jobs at the new Gateway Business Park.
Since 1987, Wisconsinís TEA program has invested about $91 million
in 328 projects, creating or retaining over 79,000 jobs
During the month of May, Wisconsin observes Historic Preservation
and Archeology Month. As engineers design and plan
transportation projects, archeologists also study them to ensure that
items and information of historical value regarding Wisconsinís
cultural heritage are preserved, and if needed, excavated at the
archeological site prior to the start of construction. Archeological
field research and efforts, guided by federal and state legislation,
have resulted in discoveries that have helped preserve hundreds of
significant cultural sites. Audio
The number of "Bicycle Friendly Communities" or BFCs in Wisconsin
continues to grow. The League of American Bicyclists added
Appleton and Sturgeon Bay to its 2013 nationwide list. There are
now 10 Wisconsin communities with this distinction. Madison is a gold
level BFC; La Crosse and Milwaukee are silver level; and Appleton, Eau
Claire, Fitchburg, River Falls, Sheboygan County, Shorewood and
Sturgeon Bay are bronze level BFCs. Wisconsin was
recently named the eighth most bicycle friendly state in the U.S.
State and community rankings are based on engineering, education,
encouragement, enforcement and evaluation.