Traffic Blog

CONSTRUCTION UPDATE: Overnight Rimrock Rd ramp closure tonight.

The WB Beltline on/off ramps from/to Rimrock Rd will be CLOSED tonight 8pm-6am.

Work between Todd Dr and I-90 is scheduled to be DONE Oct 31.




DOWNTOWN MADISON: 300 block W. Main St will be CLOSED starting at 9am.

It will remain closed until Sunday afternoon sometime.   Crews are disassembling a giant crane from a project at 306 W. Main St.

It will be closed between Henry St and Washington Place.

Pedestrian traffic will be allowed,  and access to homes and such in the area will be maintained.


ROCK CO: Interstate ramp closure near Edgerton today


Daytime ramp closure from WIS 59 to I-39/90 southbound, Edgerton

The ramp from WIS 59 to I-39/90 southbound, near Edgerton, will be closed starting 9 a.m. Thursday (Oct. 16) until 3 p.m. Thursday for maintenance work. This closure is weather dependent and subject to change.

Motorists are required to use alternate routes.


MADISON: Traffic shift on N. Segoe Rd just for today.


On Thursday, October 16th at 7:00 AM, Stevens Construction Corporation will be placing backfill material for a housing project at 617 North Segoe Road.

This will require shifting northbound North Segoe Road traffic to the southbound left travel lane on Segoe between Frey Street and Sheboygan Avenue until 7:00 PM Thursday evening.

Two-way traffic on North Segoe Road and pedestrian traffic will be maintained at all times during this work.

During this time, traffic from North Segoe Road to eastbound Frey Street will be detoured to Sawyer Terrace.

Motorists and bicyclists are encouraged to use alternate routes to avoid delays.


MIDDLETON/MADISON: Old Middleton Rd ramp to University Ave CLOSED today.

The Old Middleton Rd ramp to University Ave will be CLOSED today between 10:30am – 3:00pm for emergency pavement repair.  Whitney Way is the recommended alternative.


BIKERS/WALKERS: Capital City Trail CLOSES today between Dempsey & Dennett.

From City of Madison:

The Capital City Trail will be detoured between Dennett Drive and Dempsey Road for storm sewer construction associated with the Royster Clark development.   The closure will start Thursday, October 9th and last a maximum of 3 weeks.   A signed detour will be in place.



TOMORROW: International Walk to School Day. More info:

From the Wisconsin DOT:     
“Students from around the state will join thousands of students across the U.S. and more than 40 other countries to raise awareness about this healthy mode of transportation,” said Jill Mrotek Glenzinski, the state’s bike and pedestrian coordinator. “Parents are urged to walk with their children to promote safe habits.”
Safe Routes to School (SRTS) projects funded under the Transportation Alternatives Program encourage children in grades K-8 to walk and bike to school by creating safer walking and biking routes.
These projects improve walking and biking travel options, promote healthier lifestyles in children at an early age and decrease auto-related emissions near schools.
Currently, organized events are planned at dozens of Wisconsin schools, and that number is climbing.  All students who can safely and conveniently walk to school are welcome to be part of this international day of walking.
Schools and communities are asked to register their Walk to School Day events CLICK HERE for link to registration website.
Last year, more than 100 events were registered in Wisconsin.   Events may be registered after they take place.
CLICK HERE for more information on International Walk to School Day in Wisconsin.

TODAY: Michelle Obama visits Madison.

Unfortunately,  I do not have any information on expected traffic troubles or routes to avoid.

If/when any information becomes available, I will share it immediately.   It will likely be last-minute though and as the traffic troubles are occurring.

Info is not given to me (or anyone else) in advance for security reasons.

Here is what I DO know:

Michelle Obama will be at the Overture Center, 201 State St, today.

Doors open at 10:30am.


GRANT CO: NB Hwy 151 CLOSED in Platteville.

The crash occurred just prior to 3am.  All lanes were closed for hours,  then one lane opened for a few hours.

As of 7:19am,  ALL lanes are again blocked.

DETOUR:  NB Hwy 151 traffic should exit and go north on Hwy D (Business 151),  continue east back to Hwy 151.


CONSTRUCTION UPDATE: intersection of N. Brearly Street north of E. Johnson Street CLOSED.

It will be closed today, tomorrow, and Monday.

A more comprehensive Johnson St construction update will magically appear here sometime this weekend.

GRANT CO: Hwy 35/61 near Lancaster CLOSED today starting at 9am due to a semi in the ditch.


Due to a semi off the road, Hwy 35/61 between Aupperle Rd & W Airport Rd will be closed starting at 9am this morning.

Southbound traffic will be routed west on Aupperle Rd, south on Stage Rd, east on W. Airport Rd back to Hwy 35/61.

Northbound Hwy 35/61 will be routed West on W. Airport Rd, north on Stage Rd, east on Aupperle Rd back to Hwy 35/61.

Map of where Hwy 35/61 will be closed:


FROM THE DOT: Watch out for deer on area roads. More info:


October and November are the mating season for deer, and they will increase their activity particularly at dusk and dawn while moving back and forth between their bedding and feeding areas.  As they roam, deer may dart unexpectedly onto roads and into the path of vehicles.

“To avoid hitting deer with your vehicle, you need to slow down whenever you see them nearby. If you see one deer, there are probably more in the area that could dash in front of your vehicle,” says David Pabst, director of the WisDOT Bureau of Transportation Safety.  “If you can’t avoid a deer in the road, it’s safer to hit the brakes and hit the deer than to swerve suddenly and try to miss it.  If you swerve, you risk losing control of your vehicle and hitting another car or a stationary object like a tree.”

Motorcyclists must be especially careful because deer crashes can be fatal.  Motorcycles were involved in six of the eight fatal deer vs. motor vehicle crashes in Wisconsin last year.

“The one exception to the ‘don’t swerve’ advice applies to motorcyclists,” Pabst says. “Motorcyclists should slow down, brake firmly and then swerve if necessary to avoid hitting the deer. If they must swerve, motorcyclists should try to stay within their driving lane to avoid hitting other vehicles or objects.”

WisDOT and the Wisconsin State Patrol safety officials offer the following advice to prevent deer crashes and injuries to motorists:

  • Be on the lookout for deer, eliminate distractions while driving, and slow down especially in early morning and evening hours, which are the most active times for deer.
  • Always buckle up. There are fewer and less severe injuries in vehicle vs. deer crashes when drivers and passengers wear safety belts.
  • If you see a deer by the side of the road, slow down and blow your horn with one long blast to frighten it away.
  • When you see one deer, look for another one. Deer seldom run alone.
  • If you see a deer looming in your headlights, don’t expect it to move away. Headlights can confuse a deer, causing it to freeze.
  • Brake firmly when you notice a deer in or near your path.
  • Don’t swerve suddenly because you may lose control of your vehicle.
  • If you hit a deer, get your vehicle off the road if possible, and then call a law enforcement agency. Walking on a highway is dangerous, so stay in your vehicle if you can.
  • Don’t try to move the animal if it is still alive. The injured deer could hurt you.

CHOO-CHOO: Train tracks in Fitchburg going to…uh…have trains.

From the city of Fitchburg:

Ken Lucht, Wisconsin Southern Railroad, announced today that the rail line located on the city’s east side, running south from McCoy Road to the Village of Oregon will be activated on Monday, September 29

The public is invited to attend a ribbon cutting ceremony at the intersection of Clayton Road and the rail line on Monday, September 29, 2014 at 2:00 P.M.  Representatives of the City of Fitchburg, Village of Oregon, WSOR, Commissioner of Rail, WisDOT and the Chambers of Commerce from both communities will be present.



Construction is underway on a number highways in Dane Co & the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) Southwest Region encourages Badger football fans to plan ahead if traveling to Camp Randall for Saturday’s 11 a.m. kick-off.

Most notably, the Madison Beltline (US 12/18) and Verona Road (US 18/151) are under construction. Beltline work will be halted five hours before and after the game, but orange barrels, temporary lanes, ramp closures and reduced speeds combined with game day traffic will cause delays.

WisDOT strongly recommends motorists allow themselves additional time to reach their destination. Alternate routes in Madison will likely have delays due to game traffic and local construction projects as well.

Motorists are encouraged to remain alert and plan on exercising patience as they drive through the area.

State highway projects in the greater Madison area include:

US 12/18 (Beltline)

  • Lane shifts in both directions between Middleton and I-39/90
  • NB Hwy 14 ramp to westbound Beltline is OPEN.
  • Old Sauk Road ramp to eastbound Beltline is CLOSED.
  • Greenway Boulevard ramp to westbound Beltline is CLOSED.

US 18/151 (Verona Road)

  • All traffic shifted on the new northbound lanes just south of the Beltline
  • Two lanes open in each direction; reduced speeds

I-39/90, south of the US 12/18 (Beltline) interchange

  • Lane shifts and reduced speeds

WIS 19, Waunakee

  • Main Street (WIS19) closed to through traffic and detoured
  • WIS 19/WIS 113/Century Avenue intersection closed to through traffic and detoured

The City of Madison is asking motorists to avoid East Johnson Street after the game. One lane of traffic is maintained between N. Butler and N. Baldwin. Exiting game traffic is expected to see severe delays.

Travelers are encouraged to use alternate routes or to stay after the game to allow heavy traffic to clear.


More than 10,000 Epic customers are expected to descend upon Madison/Verona next week for their annual users meeting. Construction on the Beltline & Verona Rd,  I expect BIG delays each morning .

If you are one of the visitors from out of the area heading to the users meeting,  be prepared for delays due to construction and volume during peak travel times.   We LOVE orange barrels.  We have them everywhere.  And, I mean, everywhere.