Traffic Blog

MADISON METRO: Taste of Madison detours

Due to the Taste of Madison, Routes 2, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8 will all detour in the downtown area all weekend.

CLICK HERE for more information.


MADISON METRO: Numerous detours go into effect at 6pm today due to Taste of Madison this weekend.

CLICK HERE for info on Capitol Square detour(s).

CLICK HERE for info on routes 3, 4, 19

CLICK HERE for Taste of Madison website.


Early this morning,  construction crews poured concrete in the far right lane over the Yahara River bridge; this lane is blocked off to traffic.  Unfortunately,  the cuts and new concrete stretched a tad into the right travel lane; as vehicles drove over it this morning they created 4-6 foot holes in the right lane.   It is too dangerous to allow vehicles to drive in this lane now.

Beltline Bob has the right travel lane BLOCKED from Monona Dr nearly over the entire bridge.  This area already had crooked and skinny lanes and shifts due to the construction prior to this happening.  Big delays are ensuing.

The lane will remain closed for an undetermined amount of time.

SUN PRAIRIE: Parade today at 6pm will cause traffic troubles.

The parade will be held on Main St beginning at Dairy Queen and running to Market St.

The parade will begin at 6:00pm. 


DOWNTOWN: Thousands move out of off-campus housing today.

Leases are up today for many folks living off-campus.  This will definitely cause traffic troubles today, not to mention construction on E. Johnson.

If you are moving out and need more information…..including what to do with stuff you don’t want,  CLICK HERE.

VERONA RD: Big bridge beam being brought by. Uh…I’m bored. Sorry. More info:


Delivery to occur between 6:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Delays are expected on Verona Road and the Verona Road/Beltline interchange between 6:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. tonight (Aug. 13).

An oversize/overweight truck will deliver a large bridge beam for the southbound side of the Verona Road reconstruction project.

Motorists are encouraged to use alternate routes to avoid delays.


LARGE FIRE IN MADISON: For up-to-the-minute updates, follow me on Twitter @madisontraffic.


This page will be updated with information as it becomes available.

JEFFERSON CO UPDATE: DOT recommended detour for Hwy 18 closure

EASTBOUND HWY 18:   Go north on Hope Lake Rd to Hwy A,  south on Hwy A to Hwy 18.

WESTBOUND HWY 18:   North on Hwy A to Hope Lake Rd,  south on Hope Lake Rd to Hwy 18.

More info:

Hwy 18 is CLOSED in both directions  due to a structure fire between Hope Lake Rd & Hwy A.   This is near Cambridge and the Dane Co line.

GREEN CO: Special event this weekend could cause delays, and fun.


TRAFFIC ALERT – BRODHEAD – Covered Bridge Days are this weekend August 8th -10th.  There are events throughout the city and surrounding area.  There is a fun run/walk on Saturday at 8am that goes north out the Sugar River trail. Watch the trail crossings for people. There is an Antique tractor drive at 4pm as well.

CLICK HERE for more information.

SPECIAL EVENT: National Night Out.

I will update this with more information as it becomes available.  All info gathered from local municipalities.


“National Night Out is a national effort between law enforcement and local communities to promote community unity and partnerships in fighting crime together.  The Dane County Sheriff’s Office is partnering with the Village of Belleville Police Department for this year’s event. National Night Out is scheduled for TODAY, August 5th from 4pm-7pm at the Belleville EMS building, located at 480 River Street in the Village of Belleville.”



“The event takes place at Warner Park TODAY, August 5, from 5 PM to 8 PM in the parking lot next to the Madison Mallards stadium.  National Night Out is celebrated nationwide as an event for communities to pull residents and law enforcement together for a night of activities, education, and socializing.”

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“National Night Out Comes to Sun Prairie’s Cannery Square Thursday, August 7th, 6-8 pm.  Event to be held with Downtown Sun Prairie’s Car Cruise.” 

CLICK HERE for more info



” …will take place at Lakeview Park, 6300 Mendota Avenue Wednesday, August 6, from 5:30pm to 7:30pm. National Night Out is an opportunity for communities nationwide to promote police-community partnerships, crime prevention and neighborhood camaraderie.   This year’s festivities will include free food, door prizes, DJ, children’s games/activities, VIP dunk tank and participation by our Fire Department, EMS, Police Department and other local law enforcement & public safety agencies, including K-9 and horse patrols.  Med-Flight, DEA and Air-one helicopters have also been invited.  Citizens will be able to tour the squad cars, fire apparatus and ambulances and have a chance to meet and talk to Law Enforcement Officers, Paramedics, Firefighters and more!”



The Janesville Police Departments National Night will be TODAY, August 5, from 5pm to 8pm in the area of the Police Department , 100 N Jackson Street.   Free food, kids games and giveaways, informational booths, live music by the Killer Cars and police demonstrations starting at 6pm.” 

CLICK HERE for more info


ROCK CO: Update on Anchor Inn fire, Hwy 59.

As of 7:50am,  both directions of Hwy 59 are OPEN,  but traffic is being flagged to stop and go because only one lane is open for both directions.   Delays are guaranteed.


On 08-04-14 at 3:52am Deputies responded to the Anchor Inn Bar located at 718 E. STH 59 for an alarm. Upon arrival Deputies discovered flames coming from the roof of the business. Edgerton Police and Fire Departments responded along with several Fire Departments from the area responded to the scene.  Traffic was diverted on STH 59, around the area of the scene, for several hours during the fire and investigation. The business sustained substantial damage from the fire, which is still under investigation. ” 


Old information:

UPDATED recommended detour from the DOT:    

Westbound/northbound traffic exit at County M, west to US 51, then north back to WIS 59.  

Reverse for eastbound/southbound traffic.

More fire departments being requested to the scene as of 6:10am.  Upgraded to 2nd box alarm around 5:45am.   Fire first reported around 4:00am.   Fire is at Anchor Inn in the 700 block of Hwy 59.

CLICK HERE for story.

INTERSTATE: “I-90/94 Challenge” starts today; watch your speed, manners, etc.

The Wisconsin State Patrol is saturating I-90 & I-94 today through August 4 watching for speeders and other forms of unsafe driving in an effort to reduce traffic deaths and injuries.  Law enforcement agencies across the country are taking part in the “I-90/94 Challenge.”


“State Patrol troopers and aircraft will be part of the high-visibility effort watching for speeders, unbuckled motorists and other traffic violations along the I-90 and I-94 corridors across Wisconsin. Local law enforcement agencies have been invited to join in the I-90/94 Challenge which coincides with the start of what is traditionally the deadliest month on Wisconsin roadways.”

CLICK HERE for more information.

TRAFFIC FOR DOGGIES — I’m an all-inclusive traffic reporter:


The dog park at Prairie Moraine County Park will be temporarily closed August 11-15th to allow park operations staff access to complete vegetation clearing necessary for the new parking lot and entrance that is currently under construction.  Vegetation removed will consist primarily of non-native invasive species such as buckthorn, honeysuckle and multiflora rose.  Removal of the vegetation will create an expanded level and open area at the entrance, and allow for better visibility and air movement.  Larger, shade-providing trees will remain.

The new entrance will be located at the end of Wesner Road.

Dog park patrons should consider using an alternate location, such as Badger Prairie County Park, during this time period.

The new dog park parking lot at Prairie Moraine is anticipated to be completed by early fall.

SPECIAL EVENT: All City Swim meet at Nakoma Country Club will cause traffic issues.


With pedestrian safety in mind, the All City Swim committee and Madison City Traffic Engineering coordinated efforts so streets are accessible to both residents and visitors. Traffic officers will be on hand to help with congestion and ensure the safety of swimmers and spectators.

TRAFFIC CHANGES (6 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day of the event)

The most heavily congested areas of the neighborhood will be at the corner of Seminole Highway and Manitou Way, along Manitou Way, Mandan Crescent and Tumalo Trail, as well as the intersections of Manitou Way/Nakoma Road and Tumalo Trail/Nakoma Road. 

Please use extra caution while driving during this time, especially in the early morning and rush-hour traffic along Seminole Highway and Nakoma Road.

Special Traffic Notes:

IROQUOIS DRIVE and COUNTRY CLUB ROAD will be closed to general public traffic and used 
exclusively for volunteer parking. Residents, resident guests and volunteers will need to show 
special permit passes to enter the restricted area.

MANITOU WAY will become a one-way street (heading north) and will serve as swimmer drop-
off area near the intersection of Country Club Road. There will be no parking allowed on the 
east-side of Manitou Way from Iroquois Drive to Tumalo Trail. There will be limited one-side 
of the street parking on the west-side of Manitou Way from Iroquois Drive to 
Tumalo Trail. 

TUMALO TRAIL will be no general parking, except for limited one-side of the street volunteer 
parking near the intersection of Manitou Way.

MANDAN CRESCENT will be limited one-side of the street parking at the top of the curve (near Seminole Highway) as well as north of Tumalo Trail and around the circle.

 CLICK HERE for All City Swim website

CLICK HERE for story




ROCK CO UPDATE: Hwy 81 remains CLOSED near Orfordville.

Hwy 81 is CLOSED in both directions due to a fatal crash that occurred around 2:10pm at Hwy H.  This is west of Beloit.

It’s expected to remain closed at least 2 hours.

Alternate route:

EB traffic should take Hwy K to Hwy H to Hwy 81.

WB traffic should take Hwy H to Hwy K to Hwy 81.