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Badger fans asked to plan for traffic delays

Badger fans asked to plan for traffic delays

Numerous construction projects in and around Madison are prompting state transportation officials to ask fans to expect delays getting to Camp Randall Stadium on Saturday.

Work on the Beltline will be on hold for five hours before and after the game, but lane shifts, ramp closures and reduced speeds are still likely to cause delays. Alternate routes are also likely to have extra game day traffic.

The game kicks off at 11 a.m.

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation recommends motorists plan for additional time to get to their destination.

State highway projects in the greater Madison area include:

Madison Beltline

·         Lane shifts in both directions between Middleton and I-39/90

·         US 14 ramp to westbound Beltline is open

Construction work will close Milwaukee Street east of interstate

Milwaukee Street east of the Interstate 39/90 bridge will be closed starting Tuesday to accommodate construction on underground utilities, according to a release.

Capital Underground will be closing Milwaukee Street approximately 1,000 feet east of the bridge to construct the new Milky Way intersection and install underground utilities as part of the Grandview Commons North Addition Phase 1 project, officials said.

No through-traffic will be allowed during the closure, according to the release.

The signed detour will be Milwaukee Street, left on North Thompson Drive, right on Commercial Avenue, right on Sprecher Road and to Milwaukee Street.

The closure is expected to last through the end of October.

Police: La Follette student injured during scuffle with officer

A 17-year-old La Follette High School student suspected of theft was injured while struggling with a police officer, according to a release from Madison police.

Officers were called to the school at 11:50 a.m. Wednesday when the officer and the student crashed into an office window resulting in cuts.

The student was treated at a hospital and arrested on suspicion of theft and resisting arrest.

Police: Burglar smashes window, takes cigarettes

A burglar used a rock to smash a glass door and steal cigarettes from a gas station, according to a release from Madison police.

Officers were called to the Mobil station at 3505 E. Washington Ave. at 1:30 a.m. Tuesday for a burglary alarm.

Police said the front door glass was smashed with a rock and cigarettes were among items stolen.

Mounted patrol joins search for missing dementia patient

Madison police are seeking the public?s help looking for a missing 60-year-old dementia patient.

Nejay Redd was last seen at 11 p.m. Monday near Rethke and Worthington avenues on the east side. She was last seen wearing a light-green wraparound dress with silver and black on it and a sky blue sweater. She has white or silver hair that is cut short. She was not wearing shoes and was wearing mismatched socks.

Police said she?s an African immigrant who doesn?t speak English. She?s 5 feet 6 inches tall and 130 pounds.

Police dogs and mounted patrols are in the area where she was last seen with hopes that her scent is picked up. Automated calls are also being made to residents in the area.

Residents are asked to check backyards and outbuildings.

Anyone who sees Redd is asked to call the Dane County Dispatch Center or Madison police.

State’s report cards show MMSD meets expectations

State education officials say the majority of Wisconsin public schools and school districts meet or exceed expectations for student achievement.

The Madison Metropolitan School District was rated at 69.8, which is meeting expectations. That score is an improvement over last year’s score of 68.5.

While Madison remained in the bottom third of districts statewide, it moved up from 11th to eighth among districts located in cities.

“As a school district, we’ve been very focused on the school improvement process. That means tightening up the process by which we set measurable goals for them to choose a few powerful strategies for meeting those goals and then consistently monitoring them along the way so they can make adjustments,” MMSD Superintendent Jennifer Cheatham said. “We believe this is how you raise student achievement to narrow achievement gaps.”

Vacuum cleaner shop burglarized

A vacuum cleaner shop was broken into early Tuesday morning, according to a release from Madison police.

Officers were called to Olson Vacuum Cleaner at 1978 S. Stoughton Road at 1:01 a.m. for a burglary alarm. Officers said they found a broken window and a damaged cash register with money missing.

A police K-9 was brought to the scene to track the burglar, but no suspect was found.

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