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Driver complaints force changes in Beltline construction

Driver complaints force changes in Beltline construction

The Department of Transportation will make changes to Beltline construction after drivers complained that on-ramps were unsafe.

The DOT has been doing resurfacing work and building sound barriers along the Beltline for the last few months, but after a number of crashes and complaints from drivers, they're working with a contractor to change the ramp design.

Ramps at Old Sauk and Mineral Point Roads have been using yield signs causing slower merging in places with poor visibility, and the merge lanes have been drastically shortened.

Marty Caban drives the Beltline day and night for his two jobs, and he said drivers don't know how to respond at the on-ramps.

FLUSHING OF WATER MAINS

The City of Middleton Water Utility will be flushing mains in the Bishop's Bay and Northlake neighborhoods, beginning on Monday, August 4, from 10 am to 2 pm. A slight discoloration of the water may be noticed during this time period... Read More

New business to offer free massages at ribbon-cutting

New business to offer free massages at ribbon-cutting

A Sun Prairie business will offer food and free massages at its official grand opening next week. 

Elements Massage's open house will take place from 3-7 p.m. Aug. 6 at the business, 2804 Prairie Lakes Drive, Suite 102. 

The company said it will offer free 15-minute chair massages and serve light hors d’oeuvres. Attendees can get tours of the facilities and information about massage and overall wellness. 

The Sun Prairie Chamber of commerce will also hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony. 

Elements Massage of Sun Prairie is located across from Costco. There are two other Elements Massage business in the Madison area including Fitchburg at 6317 McKee Road and in Middleton at 1950 Cayuga St., according to the company website. 

Protesting pirates demand change from local company

Pirate costumes are not what you would expect to see at a protest, but it's something Texas protest organizer Andrew Dobbs hopes will help get a message across.

"We want people to have fun with it always, but we also hope that people know even down in Texas we are working to make sure that Madison-area companies are held accountable," Dobbs said.

Over two dozen environmental protesters from Texas and Madison came together to bring a message to Spectrum Brands. The company is a sponsor of Madison's Clean Lakes Festival and the parent company of Rayovac, a Middleton-based battery company.

"Rayovac admits themselves overseas that throwing batteries in the trash is harmful to the environment and a waste of resources. Over here they tell people to throw their batteries in the trash. We want them to be consistent," he said.

It's a message other protesters want the Clean Lakes Alliance to support.

City to flush water mains on Tribeca Dr., Terrace Ave.

The city of Middleton Water Utility said it will flush mains on Tribeca Drive beginning Sunday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

orkers will also be flushing mains on Terrace Avenue beginning Monday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

 

Middleton first responders team up to battle childhood cancer

On Thursday July 31, Middleton Fire Chief  Aaron Harris and Middleton Police Chief Charles Foulke will flip  a special Middleton Police Department coin to decide who will be the home team at the second annual Battle of the Badges on August 9.

The charity softball game between the two departments will raise awareness and funds to help families affected by childhood cancer.  This year they will play for four-year-old Blake Rickert, who was diagnosed with Burkitt Leukemia in January. The fire department won Tuesday’s toss and will be the home team at the softball game. A 5K run will happen prior to the game.

Builders update district on construction progress

Builders update district on construction progress

The pace of construction at Glacier Creek and Kromrey middle schools will pick up over the next few weeks as crews work to finish projects.

The interior additions at Glacier Creek are all but complete, Findorff project manager Matt Premo told Middleton-Cross Plains Area School District officials at a construction meeting Tuesday. The only area that has minor touch-ups is in the new student services area in the front of the school.

Meanwhile, he said the pouring of concrete for parking lots and roads around the school should be done in less than a week. The front entrance sidewalks should be poured this week, while seeding on the east end of the site will also take place this week. Furniture for the fifth-grade wing and other new rooms should be delivered July 31.