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Dane County Sheriff's Beltline patrol difference maker in snow conditions

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Feb. 8, 2018 crash. Tony Galli/WKOW photo Feb. 8, 2018 crash. Tony Galli/WKOW photo

MADISON (WKOW) -- The Dane County Sheriff's Beltline patrol is a difference maker in snowy conditions, as crash scenes and disabled vehicles alike receive sometimes critical, additional assistance.


Deputy Eric Novotny heads up the patrol.  It features a Sheriff's truck with the with the ability to elevate an electronic, highway-sign display from its cab to direct traffic.  The patrol is staffed 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays.

Novotny Friday was busy responding on the Beltline after the Madison area received in excess of five inches of snow.  But Novotny says the closure of many area schools, and some businesses, helped with the management of the highway and its sometimes slick conditions.


"If we'd had a normal commute with the number of cars stopping and starting, and trying to get off an on, we would have had a lot more calls,"  Novotny says.


Among Novotny's calls Friday was a two-car collision on a Beltline overpass as Rimrock Road, with a traffic signal knocked down, and other traffic signals in the area failing to function.  Novotny helped direct traffic, and also helped ensure the two drivers in the crash were okay.

Dane County's Beltline patrol has been operating for the past seventeen years.

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