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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.

City advises motorists of expected delays at Monona Dr., Buckeye Road

City advises motorists of expected delays at Monona Dr., Buckeye Road

Police said traffic may be delayed at the intersection of Monona Drive and Buckeye Road as crews work on the traffic lights Friday morning.

The Madison Police Department said stop signs are temporarily up at the intersection. Work began at 8 a.m. friday, and the lights may be out of commission until 4 p.m.

Police said motorists should expect some additional congestion in the area while crews work.

Nearby Lake Edge Boulevard will be closed off during the process, according to the traffic alert.

City: Pothole season will be longer, not as severe

City: Pothole season will be longer, not as severe

Madison potholes will become more prevalent as the weather warms up, and the city is already racing to fill more than 15,000 of them.

The cold and the rain put stress on the roads, causing potholes to pop up all over the city.

George Dreckmann with the Madison Streets Division said the year's winter will make the season longer, but that doesn't necessarily mean more potholes.

"Because the frost went so deep this year, the thawing is going to take a little bit longer and that means the pothole season is going to spread out, but it's not going to be quite as severe," Dreckmann said.

The city will temporarily fill potholes and then finish with something more permanent in the summer. They said they'll try to fill them within 24 hours of being reported.

6-month construction project starts on I-39/90/94 at Hwy. 151

6-month construction project starts on I-39/90/94 at Hwy. 151

State traffic officials said motorists on the interstate on Madison's east side will be detoured as work begins next week on a 6-month overpass bridge deck project. 

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation said construction to replace bridge decks on I-39/90/94 overpasses of Highway 151 will begin the week of March 3. 

According to the DOT, three lanes of traffic in each direction will be maintained in the work zone during the daytime. Nighttime lane closures will also occur. The eastbound I-90 off-ramp to northbound Highway 151 and westbound I-90 to southbound Highway 151 ramps will be closed Monday through the end of May.

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Extreme cold keeps water main repair crews busy

Extreme cold keeps water main repair crews busy

The extreme cold is creating lots of work for the local water utility.

Madison Water Utility spokeswoman Amy Barrilleaux said that seven water main breaks throughout the city Tuesday morning had all the department's repair crews out. 

Barrilleaux said mains broke Tuesday on:

  • Barby Lane
  • Mohican Pass
  • Havey Road
  • Kingsbridge Road
  • Tokay Boulevard
  • Nautilus Drive
  • and at East Main & Paterson streets

The harsh dip in temperatures is the cause of the multiple breaks, Barrilleaux said. It also makes fixing the breaks difficult. 

"It always makes things a little bit slower because our crews have to take breaks and warm up," she said. The icy streets also have to be salted and drains plowed to take care of the extra water in the roadways. 

But she said the Madison Water Utility prepares for tough weather. 

Crews work overnight to finish plowing residential streets

Crews work overnight to finish plowing residential streets

Madison declared a snow emergency Sunday after several inches of snow fell on southern Wisconsin overnight complicating travel.

Madison's Streets Division said Sunday morning the snow emergency would be in effect through 7 a.m. Tuesday.

Streets superintendent Chris Kelley said 84 crews worked through the night into Monday morning finishing plowing residential streets.

Kelley said crews also worked on salt routes overnight to handle the additional inch of snow that fell through the night.

Kelley said crews will work on clearing up vision hazards and opening up bus stops for the next 7 to 10 days. They also expect to send more crews out
Monday evening to clean up downtown streets.

Residents were asked to find off-street parking if possible. Free parking is available at city-owned parking lots, the department said. Residents can park for no charge from 9 p.m. through 7 a.m. during the snow emergency.

Hwy. 19 reopens after being detoured since Oct.

Hwy. 19 reopens after being detoured since Oct.

Highway 19 between Highway 51 and Portage Road has reopened to traffic, according to a Wisconsin Department of Transportation release.

The highway had been closed and detoured since October to replace the Token Creek bridges, officials said.

Shoulder work and landscaping will continue, according to the release.

Officials ask motorists to slow down for crews working in the area.