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Meetings scheduled to discuss Beltline, Hwy. 16/60, Hwy. 14 construction

Meetings scheduled to discuss Beltline, Hwy. 16/60, Hwy. 14 construction

Several Wisconsin Department of Transportation meetings are scheduled in the upcoming weeks to talk about proposed changes and construction projects to local roadways.

Public meeting for Interstate 39/90, Beltline interchange

A public involvement meeting to discuss updated design plans and gather public input on the proposed improvements of the Interstate 39/90 and Beltline interchange is scheduled for Thursday, according to a WisDOT release.

As part of the Interstate 39/90 expansion project, the Beltline interchange will be reconstructed to address safety and congestion concerns, along with the deteriorating and outdated infrastructure, officials said.

The meeting will be held from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the McFarland High School Cafeteria at 5101 Farwell St., according to the release. A formal presentation will be held at 6 p.m.

Public meeting for Highway 16/60 reconstruction in Columbus

Advisory to run water to prevent pipe freezes canceled

Advisory to run water to prevent pipe freezes canceled

Three months after an initial advisory warning residents run water to prevent freezing pipes, the city it is canceling the warning. 

Middleton posted a statement online Thursday saying it was safe to turn the taps off. 

Recent warmer weather has helped thaw the ground from the long winter, reducing the risk of frozen lateral pipes. 

The Middleton Water Utility asked residents on Feb. 11 to monitor water temperatures and run a pencil-sized stream of water to prevent freezes.

Madison Metro pitches west side route changes

Madison Metro is looking for feedback on its proposed changes to routes in southwest Madison, Middleton and Fitchburg.

Madison Metro spokesperson Nick Rusch said the adjustments this year aren?t as sweeping as they have been in years past. The changes are part of an annual reallocation of services to better serve riders.

?If people don't mention it to us or we don't see a lot of ridership on it, that's what we try to do is try to adjust things with the lowest ridership on it,? Rusch said.

One of the original proposals to eliminate service to the Nobel Drive loop and Gilson Street/Olin Avenue loop has already been reversed, Rusch said. He said even before a public hearing Wednesday night, Madison Metro had received numerous comments pushing to maintain those routes.

Walker might use new program to complete college degree

Walker might use new program to complete college degree

The governor is considering using a newly launched educational program to complete his college degree.

Gov. Scott Walker spoke to students at Elm Lawn Elementary School in Middleton Wednesday morning.

Walker left Marquette University 34 credits short of graduating so he could start working at the Red Cross 24 years ago. He studied mostly political science while he was there.

Walker said he?s looking at the new flex-degree options to get the degree, and said this conversation is about a bigger picture.

?What we?re really trying to get at is reduce the amount of time and money that it takes, but still have it be competency based,? Walker said. "The whole idea with the flex option is that it?s not just an online alternative classroom that could be an option, but part of it is just competency based testing, so that if someone?s got a base of knowledge they could prove that and earn credit for it.?

Gas leak briefly closes part of University Ave.

Part of University Avenue was closed west of Park Street in Middleton for about an hour Wednesday morning due to a gas leak, officials said. 

An alert from the city of Middleton at 10:36 a.m. said University Avenue and Bristol Street were shut down due to a natural gas leak. Officials asked motorists to use alternative routes. 

The Middleton Police Department said at 11:27 a.m. that University Avenue was reopened. 

Woman flown to UW hospital after suspected OWI crash

A Dodgeville woman was flown to University of Wisconsin Hospital and arrested after a suspected drunken driving crash in the town of Springfield.

Deputies were called to State Highway 19 and U.S. Highway 12 at 4:31 p.m. on Saturday for a report of a two-vehicle crash with injuries.

Investigators said a van driven by Danielle E. Abbott, 29, was traveling west on Highway 19 when she failed to negotiate a curve, crossed the centerline and struck an eastbound car.

Abbott was flown to UW Hospital. The driver of the car and three passengers suffered minor injuries and were taken to a hospital.

Abbott was arrested on suspicion of second-offense operating while intoxicated.

Waunakee Fire and EMS assisted at the scene.

Judge orders city to stop construction on $9M building

The city of Middleton's bid process for a new $9 million public works building was questioned earlier this month, and a temporary stop on construction was ordered by a Dane County judge last week, according to a Middleton Times-Tribune report. 

The newspaper said Judge Rhonda Lanford issued a temporary restraining order barring the city of Middleton from proceeding with construction at 4330 Parmenter St. on the Public Works Facility and Outbuildings. 

Associated General Contractors of Wisconsin alleged that the company that won the bid was not the lowest bidder and didn't comply with bid requirements. 

An attorney for the city said the city chose a more expensive quality through an option allowable in the process and does not believe it violated a statute in doing so, according to a Wisconsin State Journal report.