Ride the Drive is this Sunday in downtown Madison. That means several streets will be closed to motorists…and open to bicycles, walkers, runner and rollerbladers. Roads affected include…
- John Nolen Dr from Lakeside St to E. Wilson St
- Blair St from E. Wilson St to E. Washington Ave
- E. Washington Ave from Blair St to Pinckney St
- Pinckney St from E. Washington Ave to Mifflin St
- Mifflin St from N. Pinckney St to S. Carroll St
- State St from Mifflin St to Gilman St
- Gilman St from State St to University Ave
- Frances St. from Gilman St to W. Dayton St
- W. Dayton St from N. Frances St to Bedford St
- Bedford St from Dayton St to North Shore Dr
- North Shore Dr from W. Brittingham Pl to John Nolen Dr
Roads will close at 8:30am and reopen at 3pm. Traffic will be allowed to cross the route at several key intersections under the direction of police.
…and one more construction project is starting up today (Tuesday, May 19)…thankfully, this one is short-term.
Whalen Road, just south of Madison will be closed between Fish Hatchery Road and Mutchler from now through Thursday. Detour routes will be clearly posted.
An update on Century Avenue in Middleton…the left lane of traffic is closed between Highland and Tomahawk due to a sink-hole. Crews have been working on a fix, but it expected to take the rest of the week before the road is completely reopened.
Expect lane closures starting on Monday, May 18 on East Johnson Street at Pinckney Street, for the installation of underground utilities. This is part of the North Pinckney Street reconstruction project.
Monday, May 18 – Friday, May 22: one lane open 7am – 3:30pm, two lanes open 3:30pm – 7am
Saturday, May 23 – Monday, May 25: two lanes open
Tuesday, May 26 – Friday, May 29: one lane open 7am – 3:30pm, two lanes open 3:30pm – 7am
7am Saturday, May 30 – 3pm Monday, June 1: one lane of traffic open.
At 3pm on Monday, June 1, East Johnson will be fully open to three lanes of traffic.
The month of May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness month, and the Wisconsin Department of Transportation reminds drivers to share the road and watch for motorcycles, especially at intersections and when changing lanes. Greg Patzer, manager of the Wisconsin Motorcycle Safety Program explains that “Drivers can easily misjudge the speed and distance of an approaching motorcycle because of its smaller dimensions.”
Motorcyclists are encouraged to always wear visible and protective gear, take a rider education course appropriate for their skill level, and to be properly licensed.
Construction continues on the Beltline this week, with a total closure in both directions planned for Thursday night. Starting at 10pm on Thursday (4/30/15), all westbound and eastbound traffic, between Verona Road and Fish Hatchery Road, will be rerouted as crews remove the pedestrian bridge just east of Verona Road.
Detours will be clearly marked and will use Verona Road, County PD and Fish Hatchery Road.
The following ramps will be closed from 10pm Thursday to 5am Friday:
* Whitney Way to eastbound Beltline
* Verona Road to eastbound Beltline
* Fish Hatchery Road to westbound Beltline
* Todd Drive to westbound Beltline
All other ramps will remain open, including the Seminole Highway on-ramp and the Todd Drive ramp to the eastbound Beltline.
The Beltline is scheduled to reopen at 5am on Friday.
The annual Crazylegs Classic 8k run is on Saturday, starting on the Capitol Square and finishing at Camp Randall Stadium. The race could cause a few delays, as traffic will not be able to cross Wisconsin Avenue or State Street between 9:15am and 11:15am. Allow extra time if you need to travel downtown during the race.
Route and parking information is available here.
Alternate driving routes are available here.
A new traffic pattern starts today (Friday, 4/3/15) on the Beltline, when all eastbound lanes will shift to the westbound side, between Verona Road and Seminole Highway. All lanes of traffic will remain open in each direction. The Wisconsin Department of Transportation advises that you follow the signs and pavement markings, and stay in your lane when traveling through the area.
Expect slowdowns through the area. This shift will be in effect through late fall 2015.
The month of April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month. Here’s a few interesting and scary facts about distracted driving…
– In Wisconsin, 71 people were killed last year in crashes involving distracted drivers.
– Your eyes are off the road for an average of 5 seconds when you text and drive – at 55 mph, in those five seconds, you will travel the length of a football field.
– There were more than 22,000 crashes in Wisconsin last year involving at least one distracted driver.
– In addition to the 71 people killed in those crashes, nearly 10,000 were injured.
– Texting while driving is illegal in Wisconsin.
– Drivers with an instructional permit or probationary license are prohibited from using cell phones while driving.
Construction starts today (3/30/15) in Cross Plains, where Highway 14 will be closed between County KP and County P. Construction will continue through October 16.
Eastbound: Take County KP to Bourbon Street to County P…and then back to Highway 14
Westbound: Take County P to Bourbon Street to County KP…and back to Highway 14
By this point in the year, we’ve all seen the orange barrels and more importantly the road workers out on the Beltline and other areas around the city. To help protect those workers, Governor Walker has declared the week of March 23-27 as Work Zone Awareness Week in Wisconsin. In 2014 more than 2,200 crashes happened in work zones in Wisconsin, resulting in 832 injuries and 12 deaths.
In 2015 the Department of Transportation has scheduled 350 state highway and bridge improvement projects. Driving through work-zones often involves lane shifts, narrow and/or uneven lanes and reduced speeds. Stay alert to the possibility of slowing traffic and the presence of workers when approaching work zones. Patience and caution are both key to navigating those zones.
Watch for more road construction in the Madison area this week. The orange barrels will be in the following locations…
Between Gammon Road and Todd Drive in both directions on the Beltline (8pm – 5am)
On the ramp from Whitney Way to the eastbound Beltline
Between ramp W-1 and ramp W-4 on eastbound highway 18 near Verona (3/18, 8:30am – 2:30pm)
…actually, with St. Patrick’s Day approaching, the Dane County Sheriff’s Office reminds you to NOT rely on the “Luck of the Irish” to stay safe on the roads. Don’t get behind the wheel if you have had too much to drink. Grant money from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation will allow additional patrol officers on duty to stop drunk drivers, tonight through St. Patrick’s Day.
Plan ahead for a fun and safe St. Patrick’s Day celebration – designate a sober driver BEFORE the party starts. The Wisconsin Department of Transportation offers a free “Drive Sober” app that includes a blood-alcohol estimator, a designated driver selector, and a find-a-ride feature that will help locare nearby taxi and mass transit services. Go to www.zeroinwisconsin.gov to download the app.
…and the construction continues! You’ll see more orange barrels on the Beltline starting on Monday, March 9. Construction will begin between Whitney Way and Seminole Highway. This is part of the larger, Verona Road project that should be completed in November of 2016.
The work that begins on Monday will include temporary widening, median and pavement work, storm sewer work and some traffic control work. This is all in preparation for eastbound Beltline reconstruction, slated to begin in early April.
In this initial phase of the project, you can expect nightly lane closures on both east and westbound lanes of the Beltline, between Whitney Way and Seminole Highway. You may also see traffic shifts in that same area. Two lanes will remain open in each direction throughout the project; however, delays are expected in the area, especially during peak travel times.
Here we go again! Winter is not even over, and we’re back to construction season. It starts slowly, and most of the traffic interruptions will be in the night and overnight hours. Watch for workers on both the east and westbound Beltline, between Todd Drive and Whitney Way, 8pm – 5am daily from March 4 through March 6.
This is the beginning of a 2-year project, in which the eastbound lanes will be rebuilt this year. During that process, eastbound lanes will be shifted over to the westbound side – 2 lanes of traffic will remain open in each direction. The project will bring the Beltline up to new highway safety standards.
Maintenance road crews will be on the roads today…
– Westbound Highway 12 at the Wisconsin River (near Sauk City). Right lane closed 9am – 3pm
– Eastbound I-90, just north of Janesville. Right lane closed 9am – 2pm
Give ’em a brake.