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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Beltline interchange will be reconstructed to address safety and congestion concerns, along with the deteriorating and outdated infrastructure, officials said.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

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. 

Public hearing to discuss Madison Transit Service changes

Public hearing to discuss Madison Transit Service changes

Metro Transit and the City of Madison Transit and Parking Commission will hold a public hearing at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, April 9, according to a city of Madison press release.

The meeting will be held at the Madison Municipal Building, 215 Martin Luther King Junior Blvd., in room 260.

The hearing will discuss proposed service changes to Routes 8, 14, 15, 19, 26, 36, 44, 48, 50, 59, 70, 71, 72, 73, 74 and 78. Changes are proposed to go into effect during the last week of August.

People are encouraged to attend the public hearing to give feedback. To submit comments on the Metro changes online, visit mymetrobus.com/feedback.

Road on Middleton’s far west side closed due to high water

Road on Middleton’s far west side closed due to high water

Forsythia Street was closed at Nursery Drive Friday night due to high water.

Middleton police said the road will be closed indefinitely.

Officials said motorists should plan alternate routes accordingly.

Drivers near Middleton High School to see changes

Drivers near Middleton High School to see changes

Drivers in the area of Middleton High School will see signs going up next week indicating a traffic pattern change to help with congestion and dangerous driving after school lets out, according to a release.

The signs will indicate that there will no longer be eastbound access from Lee Street into the MHS student lot, according to the release. The restriction will create a safe flow of traffic after school westbound out of the lot.

The parking section in front of the Performing Arts Center will be one way westbound, according to the release. A barricade will be placed near the northwest corner of the PAC sidewalk to stop eastbound drivers.

A dead end sign (to be replaced with a no outlet sign) will be placed on Lee Street near the park to warn eastbound drivers, according to the release.

The southern exit onto Park Lawn Place from the MHS lot will also change to an exit and an entrance to accommodate bus flow issues.

City to put up student made pedestrian signs

City to put up student made pedestrian signs

Drivers could soon be seeing a few new signs on the roads in the City of Middleton.

Accroding to a release, the city's arts committee announced they will be installing six student-designed pedestrian safety signs throughout the city.

The signs were selected from 24 entries by Middleton High School students. According to the committee, the signs will be posted near areas and intersections with large amounts of student traffic along University Avenue, including Parameter Street and Park Street.

 

New sign, lights to improve safety crossing McKee Road

New sign, lights to improve safety crossing McKee Road

Area leaders said new signs installed at the Badger State Trail and McKee Road crossing in Fitchburg are meant to reduce pedestrian-car crashes.

During a news conference Thursday morning at the intersection, Fitchburg Mayor Shawn Pfaff and Dane County Executive Joe Parisi unveiled the signs -- including lights -- that they said will make crossing the four-lane McKee Road safer for cyclists and pedestrians.

Parisi's office said an incident where a cyclist crossing McKee was struck by a car and three other crashes at the roadway and trail underscored the need for new measures to protect pedestrians.

The signs allow people on foot or bike activate the lights signaling to motorists they're about to cross. The lights flash in a pattern similar to the ones used by emergency vehicles, Parisi's office said.

Funding from Dane County -- $20,000 -- and money from the city of Fitchburg were used to purchase the signs.