Nine years ago, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation started the Motor Service Patrol. Recently renamed the Freeway Service Team, the Dane County Sheriff’s Office said the program has helped thousands of motorists and prevented thousands of hours worth of delays for other drivers.
The deputy that drives the service truck has been referred to fondly has "Beltline Bob" for most of those nine years, but what most people don't know is that there are several deputies that provide service coverage to the Beltline Highway from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday.
The purpose of the team is to clear incidents that affect the flow of traffic on the heavily traveled highway between I-90 and Middleton. The FST has handled approximately 53,000 calls, averaging 23.5 calls per shift. Almost 60 percent of those calls were found by a deputy while on patrol.