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MADISON METRO: Multiple detours this weekend due to events.

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HEADING TO MILWAUKEE THIS WEEKEND?

A reminder that I-94 will be CLOSED 11pm Friday night until 5:30am Monday morning.  Alternate routes are necessary.

INFO FROM DOT:

I-94 East/West will be fully closed at WIS 100.
In lieu of numerous consecutive overnight full freeway closures the Zoo Interchange Team will work to construct the Union Pacific Railroad Bridge spans over I-94 in one weekend-long full freeway closure.
I-94 East/West will be fully closed at WIS 100 from Friday July 18 at 11pm to Monday July 21 at 5:30am. Traffic backups and delays are anticipated along the freeway segments approaching the closure.
CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION

 

 

MIDDLETON: intersection of Branch St at Maywood Ave is CLOSED. More info:

FROM CITY OF MIDDLETON:

The intersection of Branch St & Maywood will be closed for today.  You will not be able to drive through on either street, Branch Street or Maywood Ave.   It will only be closed for today.   Thank you for the patience.

FITCHBURG: portion of E. Cheryl Pkwy CLOSED this week.

E. Cheryl Parkway is CLOSED July 14-18 for railroad crossing improvements.

It is closed between No Oaks Ridge and the Lacy Rd roundabout.

 

TODAY: UWPD doing a disaster drill at Camp Randall.

FROM UWPD Public Information Officer Marc Lovicott: 

At around 7:00 a.m. an explosive sound effect will be heard in Camp Randall Stadium. 

Emergency vehicles will respond in real-time with lights and sirens – neighbors can expect the lights and sirens to cease by 10 a.m. 

Nearby residents should also expect to see smoke, and acting victims with fake blood and injuries. 

The realistic nature of the exercise is designed to better prepare the University for an actual crisis.” 

 

Expect a slew of emergency vehicles,  from multiple local, state and federal agencies; including UW-Madison Police, Dane County Sheriff’s Office, Madison Police, Madison Fire, State Patrol, Capitol Police, FBI, and others.

Traffic will be affected around Camp Randall and people downtown will notice increased police activity in the area.

The 1400 block of Monroe St (from Regent St to Randall Ave) will be CLOSED from 5am to 5pm.  

For more information CLICK HERE.

For more, more information CLICK HERE. 

**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.

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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.