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Freeway service teams assist drivers along I-43 in Brown and Manitowoc Counties

Construction on I-43 in Brown County, April 20, 2017. (WLUK)

(WLUK) -- State transportation department crews are now providing free roadside assistance on a major area highway for drivers who become stranded on I-43 in Brown and Manitowoc Counties.

The program is staffed with uniformed officers who work with contracted towing companies.

That service includes: providing fuel, changing flat tires, battery jump starts and assisting with traffic control.

The program works in accordance with the current construction along I-43 in those counties.

"We don't use freeway service teams on all of our projects, we only use them when it's a very impactful highway with lots of traffic on it," said DOT regional communications manager, Mark Kantola. "We want to have a resource there to make sure that you can get a tow truck or help out to you right away."

The DOT has deployed freeway service teams in the past along the I-41 construction project and currently on the 441 project in the Fox Valley.

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