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

FROM GRANT CO SHERIFF’S OFFICE:

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:

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HEADING TO THE BADGER GAME?

FROM THE DOT:

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.

SOMETHING TO FRET ABOUT NEXT WEEK:

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.

BADGER GAME DAY INFORMATION: Traffic info, carry-in policy, etc.

Close to 100,000 people are expected at/near Camp Randall for the Badger game today.  There are also a lot of people in town for the Ironman tomorrow, adding to the congestion downtown.  Allow yourself extra time to get to where you need to be today.

FROM THE WISCONSIN DOT:

Construction is underway on a number of state highways in Dane County, and 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 are likely to have delays due to game traffic and local construction projects, as well. Motorists are encouraged to remain alert for state and local work zones and plan on exercising patience as they drive through the area.

State highway projects in the greater Madison area include:

US 12/18 (Madison Beltline)

  • Lane shifts in both directions between Middleton and I-39/90
  • US 14 ramp to westbound Beltline is closed
  • Old Sauk Road ramp to eastbound Beltline is closed
  • Eastbound lanes are split near Park Street

 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.

 

CLICK HERE for information from UW Police Dept.

CLICK HERE for information on the carry-in policy at Camp Randall.

IRONMAN: All you want to know and more….

MANY roads are going to be closed,  some already closed,  some will be closed all weekend,  some are just closed for a few hours on Sunday.

Road closures will affect Madison,  Fitchburg, Verona,  Springdale, Blue Mounds, Mt Horeb, and Cross Plains.

CLICK HERE for more information, including a detailed list and timing of road closures.

CLICK HERE for the official Ironman website.

CLICK HERE for an extensive list of Ironman related  Madison Metro detours.

CLICK HERE for information from UWPD.

FLASH FLOOD WARNING: Info from National Weather Service

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN MILWAUKEE/SULLIVAN HAS ISSUED A * FLASH FLOOD WARNING FOR… CENTRAL DANE COUNTY IN SOUTH CENTRAL WISCONSIN… * UNTIL 815 AM CDT *

AT 650 AM CDT… DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED A THUNDERSTORM PRODUCING HEAVY RAIN ACROSS THE WARNED AREA.

FLASH FLOODING IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN SHORTLY.  RAINFALL ESTIMATES ARE ON THE ORDER OF 3 TO 4 INCHES IN SOME PLACES.

* SOME LOCATIONS THAT WILL EXPERIENCE FLOODING INCLUDE… MADISON…FITCHBURG…MIDDLETON…WAUNAKEE…VERONA...OREGON… MCFARLAND… MONONA… CROSS PLAINS… BELLEVILLE… SHOREWOOD HILLS… MAPLE BLUFF…DANE…MOUNT VERNON…PINE BLUFF…CAMP RANDALL STADIUM…PAOLI…HENRY VILAS ZOO…UW-MADISON AND MARXVILLE.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS… MOVE TO HIGHER GROUND NOW.  ACT QUICKLY TO PROTECT YOUR LIFE.

IRONMAN: 200 block of MLK Jr Blvd is CLOSED for set up.

This is affecting a number of Madison Metro bus routes.

CLICK HERE for information on which bus routes are affected and how.

The race is this Sunday, Sept 7.

More info will be posted soon about the slew of road closures on race day.

MADISON METRO: Supplemental school routes in effect; also some new detours affecting school routes.

CLICK HERE for info on detours affecting Sherman Middle,  East High School, O’Keefe Middle School, Hamilton Middle School,  West High School, Toki Middle School, and Memorial High School.

CLICK HERE for info on supplemental school service routes.

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 AREA SCHOOL DISTRICT: Metro bus route changes

To prevent overcrowding on regular bus routes, Madison Metro offers supplemental routes when school is in session.

CLICK HERE for info on Madison Metro supplemental school service routes.

CLICK HERE for detours in effect that will affect Madison area schools.

 

 

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.

WEIRD SNAFU ON WB BELTLINE IN MONONA

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.

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

Or CLICK HERE

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

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.

INFO FROM ROCK CO SHERIFF’S OFFICE: 

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 Channel3000.com 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.