Eau Claire (WQOW) - As many travelers hit the road this upcoming weekend to celebrate the Fourth of July holiday, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) encourages travelers to provide input on Wisconsin’s network of rest areas. There are 17 million people who visit Wisconsin’s 30 rest areas each year, and WisDOT wants to know how to make this experience better. A brief survey was developed to help WisDOT improve rest area operations, plan for future services and locations and understand traveler needs.
There are various ways to take the survey:
· Scan the QR code located on posters at all WisDOT rest areas.
· Pick-up a paper survey at a WisDOT rest area, complete it and mail it to the pre-addressed location.
In addition, WisDOT will have staff conducting in-person surveys and available to answer questions on July 2 between 4 and 8 p.m. at the following four rest areas:
· Beloit (in Rock County at I-39 northbound/I-90 westbound mile marker 187)
· Portage (in Columbia County at I-39 southbound/I-90/I-94 eastbound mile marker 113)
· Johnson Creek (in Jefferson County at I-94 westbound mile marker 263)
· Menomonie (in Dunn County at I-94 eastbound and westbound mile marker 43)
The online survey will remain open until September 12, 2015. All input collected will be reviewed and integrated into a plan for maintaining and improving Wisconsin rest areas into the future. User comments are an important part of the analysis which will include a full data collection effort to identify rest area issues and needs. The final plan will include strategies and guidelines for replacing, reconstructing and improving facilities in the future.