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INDOT begins statewide mowing, litter pick-up and herbicide application

Contracted crews with the Indiana Department of Transportation are scheduled to begin mowing, litter pick-up and herbicide application later this month into early May as part of the agency's multi-faceted roadside management program. Operations will take place throughout the spring and summer along Indiana's more than 11,200 miles of state roads.

Mowing
INDOT performs mowing to maximize safety, improve sight distance and manage roadside vegetation. Crews are required to mow 15 feet from the edge of the paved roadway, including around signs, ITS (intelligent transportation system) structures, guardrail and cable barrier. Mowing cycles are scheduled based upon geographic location, weather and route type (urban, rural, etc.)

Litter pick-up
Litter pick-up includes removal of trash and debris in state right-of-way. Last year, over 8,500 tons of litter was picked up along state roads. This effort is also supported through other INDOT programs, including Adopt-a-Highway and Sponsor-a-Highway.

Herbicide
Herbicide application helps INDOT combat invasive species and noxious weeds along state roadways. Selective types of herbicide are applied to specific sections of right-of-way to aid in roadside management between mowing cycles. Application timelines are set to reduce impact on nearby crops and allow for development of desirable vegetation.

Motorists should watch for possible lane and shoulder closures along state routes as crews perform roadside management activities. Drivers should slow down, move over and avoid distractions as they encounter active crews. INDOT maintains more than 60,000 acres along Indiana's highways. Additional information on INDOT's roadside management program may be found at www.greenercrossroads.com.
Vegetation Management Zones

INDOT right-of-way is divided into different zones for vegetation management (clear zone, selective zone, natural zone).

4/8/2020 8:06 AM (Updated 4/8/2020 12:46 PM)
NEWS: WisDOT further restricts in-person services at DMV service centers beginning April 8

Service Centers to offer only essential services by appointment; online services remain open

To protect customers and employees from the spread of COVID-19, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation is further restricting in-person service all Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) Customer Service Centers on Wednesday, April 8, 2020. This action furthers the limitation of face-to-face services that began on March 23, 2020. Until further notice, the service centers will be closed to all in-person transactions except the following services, which will be available by appointment only:
 


To make an appointment for one of these essential services while the Safer at Home order is in place, call the DMV Communication Center at (608) 264-7447.

Online services available at wisconsindmv.gov
 


Services can also be completed by mail or through third-party providers.

Other modifications DMV has in place to reduce in-person visits include:
 


DMV staff will continue to handle phone calls, process mailed-in applications, and assist with any other prioritized work on behalf of the state.



 

 

 

4/7/2020 4:31 PM (Updated 4/7/2020 4:31 PM)
NEWS - Effective March 27, MDOT Will Not Accept Cash Transactions for Eastbound Blue Water Bridge Customers

In accordance with Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Michigan Department of Health and Human Services' recommendations designed to help prevent the spread of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) will not be accepting cash payment for any vehicles conducting essential travel via the eastbound Blue Water Bridge (BWB) to Canada. All commercial traffic will need to pay by prepaid commuter account cards or debit/credit forms of payment. MDOT encourages any commercial travelers who wish to apply for the prepaid commercial account to visit www.federalbridge.ca and complete the application. 

The Federal Bridge Corporation Limited (FBCL) suspended all private passenger vehicle cash transactions effective March 18 for their westbound BWB crossing. In order to continue to reduce the spread of COVID-19 disease, MDOT's BWB has added further restrictions on forms of payment and will not accept cash payments for any toll crossing, effective 11:59 p.m. March 26. Reducing person-to-person contact via cash exchange will help reduce exposure to contagion.
 
In accordance with orders from the United States and Canadian federal authorities, temporary travel restrictions on all land ports of entry and ferries between the U.S. and Canada have been in effect since March 20.
 
Border protection agencies from both nations remain committed to supporting safe travel for essential customers and commercial truck traffic. The agencies and bridge administrations will follow all federal guidelines intended to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19.
 
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) will suspend normal operations at U.S.-Canada land ports of entry and only process travelers engaged in essential travel. The trade of legitimate goods will not be interrupted. 

           According to the CBP, some cases of essential travel include: 
Detailed information on restrictions to entry into the U.S. is available from CBP here. Official guidance on restrictions to entry into Canada is still forthcoming and expected to be similar. For more information regarding the essential travel definitions or travel restrictions, contact the CBP or CBSA.            
 
For current and up-to-date information regarding the coronavirus, visit http://www.Michigan.gov/Coronavirus or http://www.CDC.gov/Coronavirus
 
Blue Water Bridge continuing work to "flatten the curve" amid nationwide COVID-19 outbreak
 
Why is the Blue Water Bridge (BWB) eliminating all vehicles from cash payment amid the COVID-19 outbreak?
Reducing the exchange of cash may help to protect BWB toll operators as well as the customers they service. Paying with cash and requiring change being handed back to a customer creates additional contact points that are unnecessary as we work to practice social distancing.
 
What can customers do to reduce their risk while exchanging payment at a bridge crossing?
In accordance with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendations, customers are also encouraged to increase their hand washing and avoid touching their eyes, nose, and mouth. Additionally, we ask commuters to use hand sanitizer prior to providing their card to the toll collector for processing. It is also recommended to regularly clean your payment card to reduce contagion from spreading during exchange of card payment.
 
What can customers do if they reach the toll booth and do not have a credit/debit card?
The move to eliminate cash is a precautionary measure to reduce person-to-person contact and is not intended to completely eliminate essential travel. However, customers who attempt to pay a toll with cash will be prohibited from using the eastbound BWB crossing.
 
Who can customers direct questions to? Questions can be directed to the BWB at 810-984-3131 or visit the BWB website at www.Michigan.gov/BlueWaterBridge.
 
Where can we find more information about the COVID-19 outbreak and managing the spread?
 
For current and up-to-date information regarding the coronavirus, visit http://www.Michigan.gov/Coronavirus or http://www.CDC.gov/Coronavirus
3/26/2020 8:53 AM (Updated 3/28/2020 11:51 AM)
Metro COVID-19 Update

Beginning Tuesday, March 24, riders are required to ENTER and exit through rear doors. Fares will not be collected.

Effective March 24, customers are asked to board and exit buses using the rear doors. This new required practice will continue until April 20, or until such other date as may be determined to address the COVID-19 medical emergency. Disabled customers in wheelchairs will continue to board at the front of buses.

Customers are asked to maintain social distancing and leave at least 6 feet of distance from the driver. Fares will not be collected.

03-23-20 Press Release

3/23/2020 9:22 PM (Updated 3/23/2020 9:22 PM)
DMV extends emissions testing timeline

To reduce the need for travel and in-person interactions during the COVID 19 health emergency, Gov. Tony Evers today announced an extended deadline for vehicle emissions tests, which are required in southeastern Wisconsin.

“My priority during this crisis is to keep people home and safe,” Gov. Evers said. “I am directing my administration to find any opportunities to cooperate and cut nonessential travel so we can better fight COVID-19.”
 
The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) and the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) worked together to implement the extension and came to an agreement, which is required under state law.
 
“This is another opportunity for us to help slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus,” WisDOT Secretary-designee Craig Thompson said. “We are always working to find cooperative ways in state government to better protect the people of Wisconsin.”
 
“The vehicle inspection and maintenance program will continue to play an important role in reducing emissions from motor vehicles in Southeast Wisconsin and helps ensure we meet our Clean Air Act obligations,” DNR Secretary Preston Cole said. “However, during this public health emergency, it is important that we remain flexible.”
 
The extension affects vehicles Kenosha, Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Racine, Sheboygan, Washington and Waukesha counties and makes the following changes:
 
•   Customers who have a routine vehicle registration renewal date after March 12 and require an emission test will have 90 days from their renewal date to complete an emission test and maintain valid registration.  
 
•   Customers who obtained a new vehicle registration this year (January 26-March 12) will need to complete an emission test by June 10 to maintain valid registration.
 
•   Customers who apply for, or obtained, new registration after March 12 (when the Governor’s emergency Executive Order took effect) will have 90 days from their date of registration to complete an emission test and maintain valid registration. This gives customers another 45 days to complete the original requirement.
 
View all WisDOT-related COVID-19 information here.
 
View this document online at the WisDOT Newsroom at: wisconsindot.gov/news
3/23/2020 2:00 PM (Updated 3/23/2020 2:00 PM)
NEWS: Rest areas remain open to support truckers

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) is keeping its 28 rest areas under normal operation to support truckers during a critical time for moving supplies.

 “Wisconsin recognizes and deeply appreciates the nation’s truckers who are hard at work to move medical supplies, keep grocery stores in stock and provide other essential equipment,” WisDOT Secretary-designee Craig Thompson said. “For truckers, rest areas offer an important resource, and we are working hard to clean and maintain them.”

 The following truck safety weight enforcement facilities also provide all-hours parking and access to rest rooms and vending:

 Information on rest areas can be found here, and truckers can use 511 for a complete map of their locations. All drivers are reminded to routinely check 511 for the latest travel updates.

3/20/2020 5:35 PM (Updated 3/20/2020 5:35 PM)
DMV limiting in-person services beginning March 23

To help slow the spread of COVID-19, Governor Evers has directed Wisconsin Department of Transportation Secretary-designee Craig Thompson to ensure continuation of essential services of the Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) and protect the health and safety of citizens and employees.

After reviewing public-facing DMV services, Secretary Thompson authorized DMVs across the state to enact a one-day closure to deep clean and modify public spaces, minimize in-person transactions and direct customers to online services.

DMV one-day closure and adjusted services
All DMV Customer Service Centers will be closed to the public on Friday, March 20. DMVs will use this time to deep clean each location and modify office space to allow additional social distancing practices when the service centers reopen on Monday, March 23.

Wisconsin DMV delivers vital services to Wisconsin residents. However, some functions are within DMV’s control and others remain state law. To continue to meet legal requirements, while protecting the public and staff, the following changes will be implemented temporarily:


Service centers will reopen with limited services
Social distancing remains a best practice to combat the spread of the virus and efforts. When Wisconsin DMVs reopen Monday, March 23, in-person customer service will be restricted, by appointment only, to:

To make an appointment, customers can use the Driver License Guide (wisconsindmv.gov/DLGuide). They can also use this guide to begin the paperwork and submit it electronically. Customers with questions may call Driver Services at (608) 264-7447.

Customers who do not book an appointment will be assisted in order of their arrival when appointments are not otherwise booked, and there is space within the lobby to wait. DMV will follow guidelines for public spacing requirements.

For a list of all services available online, visit wisconsindmv.gov. Vehicle transactions can also be completed via mail and third party agents.

WisDOT continues to review all currently available alternatives to keep the public and employees safe. The DHS website remains the most up-to-date information source on COVID-19 outbreaks in Wisconsin.

3/18/2020 3:15 PM (Updated 3/19/2020 8:49 PM)
MnDOT to raise Stillwater Lift Bridge for boat traffic beginning March 27

The Minnesota Department of Transportation plans to raise the lift span of the Stillwater Lift Bridge to allow for boat traffic beginning Friday, March 27, in anticipation of ice-out on the St. Croix River.

MnDOT will raise the bridge and lock it in the raised position as repairs to the lift system are still underway. Boats should travel through the lift span and follow any navigational signs posted in the river.

Transformation of the lift bridge to a bicycle/pedestrian crossing began in August 2017. When completed and opened later this spring, the bridge will be part of a new 4.7 mile loop trail system in Minnesota and Wisconsin that includes the St. Croix River Crossing bridge, and other local and regional trails. MnDOT will continue to raise the lift bridge to accommodate boat navigation on the St. Croix River.

For more information on the Stillwater Lift Bridge project or to sign up for email updates, please visit www.mndot.gov/metro/projects/liftbridge/.

For updated road condition information, call 511 or visit www.511mn.org.

3/17/2020 6:13 PM (Updated 3/19/2020 8:56 PM)
DMV Services: Don't Stand in Line When You Can Go Online

 As the spread of Covid-19 puts businesses on alert, Wisconsin DMV reminds customers that the majority of people do not need to visit a DMV for vehicle services. Renewing license plates, changing address, titling a new vehicle, ordering a duplicate driver license or ID card and more can all be done online at wisconsindmv.gov

“Our robust website manages nearly all DMV tasks. Wisconsin customers need only visit a DMV once every eight years to renew their driver license or ID,” said Wisconsin DMV Administrator Kristina Boardman. “All vehicle services can be done online.”
 
For those who must visit their local DMV, local DMVs are open and staff are taking steps to reduce the spread of this virus.
 
“We understand that people who are renewing their driver license or ID need to come in, but they can reduce their time by starting online. The Driver License Guide (wisconsindmv.gov/DLGuide) will walk the customer through the applications they need, they can fill it in online and submit it electronically. In some cases, they can make an appointment. All these steps will help shorten their time in the DMV,” Boardman said.
 
With the deadline for the REAL ID coming October 1, many travelers have questions about the status of their identification. “If you already have a passport or don’t plan to fly before your driver license or ID needs to be renewed, you may not need to rush into the DMV,” Boardman explains. “The card you have is still useful for voting and other purposes. Wisconsin issues both REAL ID compliant and non-compliant cards. The question is whether you will need it to fly after October 1 and before your next renewal.”
 
Customers can reduce their time in a DMV by starting online with the Driver License Guide (https://dlguides.wi.gov/). This app can pre-fill any required application(s) and provide a checklist of requirements and documents. If eligible, the customer may submit paperwork electronically and make an appointment for faster service.
 
View this document online at the WisDOT Newsroom at: wisconsindot.gov/news
3/16/2020 11:12 AM (Updated 3/28/2020 12:17 PM)
Keep Us Alive Drive 45

Keep Us Alive Drive 45 is our commitment to keep workers and motorists safe in work zones. Each year, many people are killed in construction zone accidents, both commuters and workers. Please abide the posted speed limit in work zones. When workers are present, it's 45 M.P.H. - It's The Law.

Join us in our pledge to increase awareness and promote safe driving in our work zones by displaying an orange ribbon. Together we can make our roadways a safer place to commute and work. With your help, we can see to it that a construction zone is not an end zone.

8/21/2006 12:00 AM (Updated 1/21/2015 10:29 AM)

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