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State to use new special tools to help prevent another freeway snow disaster

A special phone number, retractable barriers and highway cameras are some of the tools the state of Wisconsin will use to avoid a repeat of last winter's Interstate snow disaster.

More than 2,000 cars were stranded by a heavy February snow for several hours.

The retractable barriers will let officials close the interstate more effectively if the weather phenomenon is repeated.

Drivers will be able to call 511 to make sure they have the latest weather information when it's needed.

Road conditions, construction delays and incidents will be posted on an improved web site.

A half-dozen cameras should be online in Rock County before winter hits southern Wisconsin with full force.

Wisconsin transportation officials say their preparation will help avoid more cars being stranded overnight by a heavy snowfall.

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