Traffic Blog

FYI: I am on vacation until 7/28.

Various people will be filling in for me, starting Friday 7/17.

I will be back on Monday 7/28.

The madtowntraffic.com website will NOT be updated while I am gone. 

Twitter (@madisontraffic) www.twitter.com/madisontraffic WILL be updated as needed and as possible by those filling in for me.

 

 

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**ROCK CO: Hwy 14 CLOSED east of Evansville due to a crash. More info:

Rock Co Comm Center says it is a minor crash, DOT says it will likely remain closed until ~8am. 

It is CLOSED in both directions.

DOT-recommended detour:

WB Traffic:  North on Tolles Road to County M, west to Territorial Road, back to US 14.

EB Traffic:  Reverse the above

UPDATE:  Crash involves a vehicle hitting a utility pole with wires across Hwy 14.

UPDATE:  As of 8:15am,  EB lanes are still closed; WB now open.

ROCK CO: Janesville PD warns of delays this weekend. More info:

During the upcoming July 4th holiday, there are two major events that will affect traffic flow in the City of Janesville. Motorists should be aware of the possibility for traffic delays during these events. 

On Friday July 4th, 2014, Traxler Park will be the site of Independence Day on the Rock, hosted by the Rock Aqua Jays. Beginning at 8:00 p.m. the entire Memorial Avenue bridge and all ramps will be closed to traffic. Additionally, N. Franklin St between Mineral Point and Highland will be closed at 8:00 p.m. for the fireworks display. Also note that the bicycle trail will be closed from Mineral Point/Franklin to the area just north of the Memorial bridge. The fireworks have been scheduled for approximately 9:30 p.m. Upon the conclusion of the fireworks, motorists should expect delays leaving Traxler Park. Motorists heading south on N. Main St. will not be able to turn east (or left) to E. Centerway. Motorist heading south on N. Parker Dr. will not be able to turn west (or right) to E. Centerway. 

On Sunday July 6th, 2014 Traxler Park will be the site of the annual Rock, Roll and Run Triathlon. All roads will remain open to traffic during the event, however traffic will be stopped for certain periods along the route to protect the participants. The event begins at 7:00 a.m. and concludes at approximately 11:00 a.m. The bicycle portion of the event will go from Traxler Park and will follow Main St., Centerway, N. Franklin St., Mineral Point Rd. then out into the county. The riders will return on the same route. The run portion will leave Traxler Park, and will follow Main St., E. Holmes, Sinclair St., E. Van Buren St., Wisconsin St., Prospect Ave, Cornelia St., Pease Ct., and then Main St. back to the park. 

The Janesville Police Department wishes you a happy and safe Fourth of July!

CLICK HERE TO VIEW THIS MESSAGE ON THE WEB 

SPECIAL EVENT: Gold-Wing Motorcycle parade on Saturday — Delays expected.

This happens on Saturday,  July 5th.

CLICK HERE  for more information.

Route will include:

  1. South on North Sherman Avenue
  2. Left on Schlimgen Avenue
  3. Right on Packers Avenue
  4. Left on First Street
  5. Right on inbound East Washington Avenue
  6. Left on Blair Street
  7. Continue on outbound John Nolen Drive
  8. Right into Alliant Energy Center—John Nolen Drive entrance

Madison Police will close streets along the route from approximately 8:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. to accommodate the parade.   Cross-traffic will not be allowed.

Motorists are advised to plan for extra travel time during the closures.

 

BELTLINE: Moving right lane closure between Fish Hatchery Rd & I-90. 12pm-2pm.

Two crews from Dane County Highway will be working at the same time in opposite directions.

One crew will start near Fish Hatchery Rd on EB Beltline and patch potholes in the right lane to I-90.

Another crew will start near I-90 on the WB Beltline and patch potholes in the right lane to Fish Hatchery Rd.

With construction in many sections of the Beltline in this area, there is no good shoulder to put up a warning sign.  Be vigilant for delays and rapidly changing speeds early this afternoon east of Fish Hatchery Rd in both directions.

DANE CO: Latest on tornado warning:

TORNADO WARNING FOR...
  SOUTHWESTERN DANE COUNTY IN SOUTH CENTRAL WISCONSIN...
  EAST CENTRAL IOWA COUNTY IN SOUTH CENTRAL WISCONSIN...

* UNTIL 500 PM CDT

* AT 442 PM CDT...A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING A
  TORNADO WAS LOCATED 9 MILES WEST OF MOUNT HOREB...MOVING EAST AT 50
  MPH.

  HAZARD...TORNADO.

  SOURCE...RADAR INDICATED ROTATION.

  IMPACT...FLYING DEBRIS WILL BE DANGEROUS TO THOSE CAUGHT WITHOUT
           SHELTER. MOBILE HOMES WILL BE DAMAGED OR DESTROYED.
           DAMAGE TO ROOFS...WINDOWS AND VEHICLES WILL OCCUR.  TREE
           DAMAGE IS LIKELY.

* THIS DANGEROUS STORM WILL BE NEAR...
  MOUNT HOREB AND BLACK EARTH AROUND 455 PM CDT.
  WESTERN MADISON...VERONA AND CROSS PLAINS AROUND 500 PM CDT.

OTHER LOCATIONS IMPACTED BY THIS TORNADIC THUNDERSTORM INCLUDE
BARNEVELD...PINE BLUFF...BLUE MOUND ST PARK...RIDGEWAY AND BLUE
MOUNDS.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

TAKE COVER NOW! MOVE TO A BASEMENT OR AN INTERIOR ROOM ON THE LOWEST
FLOOR OF A STURDY BUILDING. AVOID WINDOWS. IF IN A MOBILE HOME...A
VEHICLE OR OUTDOORS...MOVE TO THE CLOSEST SUBSTANTIAL SHELTER AND
PROTECT YOURSELF FROM FLYING DEBRIS.

DANE AND SURROUNDING COUNTIES: Latest warning from NWS

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN MILWAUKEE/SULLIVAN HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR...
  WESTERN ROCK COUNTY IN SOUTH CENTRAL WISCONSIN...
  SOUTHEASTERN SAUK COUNTY IN SOUTH CENTRAL WISCONSIN...
  WESTERN DANE COUNTY IN SOUTH CENTRAL WISCONSIN...
  IOWA COUNTY IN SOUTH CENTRAL WISCONSIN...
  GREEN COUNTY IN SOUTH CENTRAL WISCONSIN...
  EASTERN LAFAYETTE COUNTY IN SOUTH CENTRAL WISCONSIN...

* UNTIL 515 PM CDT

* AT 428 PM CDT...SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS WERE LOCATED ALONG A LINE
  EXTENDING FROM 9 MILES SOUTHWEST OF SPRING GREEN TO 6 MILES
  NORTHEAST OF DARLINGTON TO WINSLOW TO PEARL CITY...MOVING NORTHEAST
  AT 50 MPH.

  HAZARD...70 MPH WIND GUSTS AND NICKEL SIZE HAIL.

  SOURCE...RADAR INDICATED.

  IMPACT...EXPECT CONSIDERABLE TREE DAMAGE. DAMAGE IS LIKELY TO
           MOBILE HOMES...ROOFS AND OUTBUILDINGS.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE...
  MADISON...FITCHBURG...MIDDLETON...WAUNAKEE...MONROE...VERONA...
  OREGON...MOUNT HOREB...EVANSVILLE...DODGEVILLE...SAUK CITY...
  BRODHEAD...MINERAL POINT...DARLINGTON...CROSS PLAINS...
  BELLEVILLE...NEW GLARUS...MAZOMANIE...SPRING GREEN AND SHOREWOOD
  HILLS.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

REMAIN ALERT FOR A POSSIBLE TORNADO! TORNADOES CAN DEVELOP QUICKLY
FROM SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS. IF YOU SPOT A TORNADO GO AT ONCE INTO THE
BASEMENT OR SMALL CENTRAL ROOM IN A STURDY STRUCTURE.

FOR YOUR PROTECTION MOVE TO AN INTERIOR ROOM ON THE LOWEST FLOOR OF A
BUILDING.

GRANT CO: TORNADO WARNING. Info:

From the National Weather Service:

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN LA CROSSE HAS ISSUED A

* TORNADO WARNING FOR...
  EAST CENTRAL GRANT COUNTY IN SOUTHWEST WISCONSIN...

* UNTIL 430 PM CDT

* AT 408 PM CDT...A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING A
  TORNADO WAS LOCATED 11 MILES NORTH OF PLATTEVILLE...MOVING
  NORTHEAST AT 50 MPH.

  HAZARD...TORNADO.

  SOURCE...RADAR INDICATED ROTATION.

  IMPACT...FLYING DEBRIS WILL BE DANGEROUS TO THOSE CAUGHT WITHOUT
           SHELTER. MOBILE HOMES WILL BE DAMAGED OR DESTROYED.
           DAMAGE TO ROOFS...WINDOWS AND VEHICLES WILL OCCUR.  TREE
           DAMAGE IS LIKELY.

* THIS TORNADIC THUNDERSTORM WILL REMAIN OVER MAINLY RURAL AREAS OF
  EAST CENTRAL GRANT COUNTY...INCLUDING THE FOLLOWING LOCATIONS...
  ARTHUR...MONTFORT...LIVINGSTON AND ANNATON.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

TAKE COVER NOW! MOVE TO A BASEMENT OR AN INTERIOR ROOM ON THE LOWEST
FLOOR OF A STURDY BUILDING. AVOID WINDOWS. IF IN A MOBILE HOME...A
VEHICLE OR OUTDOORS...MOVE TO THE CLOSEST SUBSTANTIAL SHELTER AND
PROTECT YOURSELF FROM FLYING DEBRIS.

 

WEATHER: Please maintain weather awareness this evening & night. Potential for significant severe weather.

For up-to-the-minute weather and traffic info,  follow me on Twitter @madisontraffic, or CLICK HERE. timingofstorms

CLICK HERE for current warnings/watches.

CLICK HERE for Channel3000 interactive radar.

CLICK HERE for Channel3000 story.

CLICK HERE for latest Public Severe Weather Outlook

CLICK HERE for NWS Milwaukee/Sullivan website

CLICK HERE for info from NWS on expected storms

Please note  I will add to the list of links and add information to this post as needed and as more information becomes available.   Please check back for updates.

A tornado watch issued for Dane Co and to the west and south.  This includes Madison.

From the National Weather Service:

 " WIDESPREAD DAMAGING WINDS EXPECTED WITH ISOLATED SIGNIFICANT
       GUSTS TO 85 MPH LIKELY
     WIDESPREAD LARGE HAIL LIKELY WITH ISOLATED VERY LARGE HAIL
       EVENTS TO 2.5 INCHES IN DIAMETER POSSIBLE"

RHYTHM AND BOOMS: All you need to know and more.

**PLEASE NOTE:  I will NOT be tweeting traffic for this event, for multiple reasons.   One of which is I am off of work and will be enjoying Rhythm and Booms with my family on Lake Monona.  I will happily re-tweet info that anyone tweets to me regarding traffic troubles before, during, and after the fireworks.  

Roads that are closed, and when:

Saturday, June 28

N.  Shore Dr from John Nolen to Bedford.

Broom St from John Nolen to Wilson.

Blair/Williamson to Olin.

4 a.m. – Outbound Closed
1 p.m. – Inbound Closed

Sunday, June 29

Inbound John Nolen Dr  re-opens at 6am,  outbound re-opens at 8am. 

Lots of info below, click on your favorites: 

CLICK HERE for info on planning your route via Madison Metro.

CLICK HERE for Rhythm & Booms website.

CLICK HERE for FAQ about Rhythm & Booms,  including what you can and can not bring in with you.

CLICK HERE for info about getting to/from and around Rhythm & Booms.

CLICK HERE for info from Madison Parking Utility.

CLICK HERE for live parking availability in downtown parking ramps.

 

Q&A ABOUT CONSTRUCTION ZONES/SPEED LIMITS:

A few people have asked me these questions in the last few weeks,  and I didn’t know the answer.    I presented my question to the Wisconsin DOT,  and received this response from Ryan Mayer, Traffic Safety Engineer for the SW Region – Madison office.    Instead of forwarding the answers to those who asked the questions,  I’m posting them here in case other people have the same questions.

Question 1:  Do slower speed laws apply in Wisconsin construction zones when no construction workers are present (such as after their workday for example)?

The speed limit reductions set in construction zones may or may not change during the course of a day (when workers are present).   It depends on how traffic is being affected by the construction workers/their equipment/traffic control items like drums and barricades.   If a work zone is expected to impact traffic significantly differently when people are there working vs. when they are not the speed limit can change.

The easiest and best way for drivers to tell what the regulatory speed limit is set at is to pay attention to the black and white speed limit signs.   Those are the ones that are enforceable and would be altered if the speed limit changed throughout the day.

Question 2: Why isn’t the Beltline’s speed reduced in the construction zones? there are no “45mph” signs up. Is speed automatically reduced even if no signs up?  

Speed is not automatically reduced, as I stated above.  If the black and white speed limit signs say 55 (like on the beltline) then the speed limit is 55.   The reason the speed limit is not reduced on the beltline this summer is because it was determined that a lower regulatory speed limit would not be appropriate.   The construction staging was designed to accommodate a high rate of speed and the traveled lanes are wide enough for people to generally feel comfortable driving 55.

It can be counterintuitive, but in some cases lowering the speed limit could cause more problems than it would solve.   If people feel comfortable driving 55 and we were to lower it to 45, most drivers would ignore the signs and drive at the rate of speed they feel comfortable.   A smaller portion would drive 45 because that is what the signs say, and this creates an issue with people driving at different speeds.   It can lead to tailgating, unsafe lane changing/passing and can also impede the flow of traffic.

BELTLINE BUCKLED: EB just prior to Fish Hatchery Rd. More info:

The right lane of the EB Beltline west of Fish Hatchery Rd has buckled.  County Highway crews will be out fixing it starting at 9am,  and it is expected to  cause delays.

Both ramps to NB & SB Fish Hatchery Rd are expected to remain open.

No word on how long this will take,  but lane closures on EB Beltline prior to Fish Hatch will start around 9am.

UPDATE: Crash. NB Fish ONE lane open at Wingra. Major power outage.

Crash on NB Fish Hatchery Rd at Wingra St.

Vehicle hit a traffic light, which knocked out power to nearly 2500 MG&E customers.

Power outage is north of the Beltline west to the Arboretum,  east nearly to Alliant Energy Center,  and south of W. Washington Ave.

Only ONE lane open on NB Fish Hatchery Rd at Wingra St.

All traffic lights are out on Fish Hatchery Rd just north of the Beltline to Park St, and on Park St from just north of the Beltline nearly to W. Washington Ave.  (W. Wash lights are working).

Alternative routes include NB John Nolen Dr and NB Seminole Hwy.  Traffic lights are working on those streets.

Expect heavier volume though as other people will likely use these and other alternative routes too.

No word on when this will be cleared  up,  at 6:30am,  MG&E’s best estimate for when power will be restored is 8:45am.

MAJOR TRAFFIC ISSUE IN MADISON

A crash on NB Fish Hatchery Rd at Wingra has CLOSED NB Fish Hatch and knocked out power to nearly 1600 MG&E customers.   Traffic lights not working throughout the area.   Major traffic issues ensuing.

Power outage affecting customers north of the Beltline on Park St, Fish Hatch, Wingra and throughout that area.

For up-to-the-minute updates follow me on Twitter @madisontraffic or click here.

 

Info from National Weather Service on TORNADO WARNING for Green & Rock Co:

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN MILWAUKEE/SULLIVAN HAS ISSUED A

* TORNADO WARNING FOR...
  WEST CENTRAL ROCK COUNTY IN SOUTH CENTRAL WISCONSIN...
  EASTERN GREEN COUNTY IN SOUTH CENTRAL WISCONSIN...

* UNTIL 315 PM CDT

* AT 248 PM CDT...A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING A
  TORNADO WAS LOCATED OVER ALBANY...OR 7 MILES WEST OF EVANSVILLE...
  MOVING SOUTHEAST AT 20 MPH.

  HAZARD...TORNADO AND QUARTER SIZE HAIL.

  SOURCE...RADAR INDICATED ROTATION.

  IMPACT...FLYING DEBRIS WILL BE DANGEROUS TO THOSE CAUGHT WITHOUT
           SHELTER. MOBILE HOMES WILL BE DAMAGED OR DESTROYED.
           DAMAGE TO ROOFS...WINDOWS AND VEHICLES WILL OCCUR.  TREE
           DAMAGE IS LIKELY.

* THIS DANGEROUS STORM WILL BE NEAR...
  BRODHEAD AROUND 310 PM CDT.
  ORFORDVILLE AROUND 315 PM CDT.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

TAKE COVER NOW! MOVE TO A BASEMENT OR AN INTERIOR ROOM ON THE LOWEST
FLOOR OF A STURDY BUILDING. AVOID WINDOWS. IF IN A MOBILE HOME...A
VEHICLE OR OUTDOORS...MOVE TO THE CLOSEST SUBSTANTIAL SHELTER AND
PROTECT YOURSELF FROM FLYING DEBRIS.