State plans upgrades to interstate near Janesville

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Beth Wheelock
Monday, May 26, 2008

From The Associated Press:

After a slow response during a winter storm left some 2,000 vehicles stranded on Interstate 39-90, the state says it'll place highway cameras in the Janesville area.

Officials also say they're looking at putting more gates on highway on-ramps and they'll hold a drill next month to help them determine when to close highways during severe winter storms.

State Patrol Superintendent David Collins says all public safety agencies learned a lesson from the incident in February.

A severe winter storm caused a backup that eventually grew to more than 20 miles and stranded motorists for as long as 12 hours without food, water or gas.

A report by the National Guard criticized the state patrol and other agencies for a slow response time.

Last updated: 9:05 pm Thursday, December 13, 2012

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