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A message from the MPD's Traffic Enforcement Safety Team

With the school year right around the corner, the Madison Police Department would like to remind Madison residents to slow down and obey school zone speed limits.

Watch for crossing guards and please follow their directions. Yield to pedestrians who are crossing the street and be aware of children present in the area.

Obey posted parking restrictions and park your vehicle accordingly.

The MPD considers School Zone safety a top priority and will be enforcing School Zone violations throughout the school year, to help keep children safe.

They also want to remind the public of Wisconsin State Statute 346.46 (2m) when approaching a crossing guard.

To read more about MPD rules and regulations, click here for more information.

Construction project on Stoughton Road starts Monday

Construction project on Stoughton Road starts Monday

Construction at the intersection of Stoughton, Pflaum and Buckeye roads is expected to start Monday, according to a Wisconsin Department of Transportation release.

The planned improvements include pavement repairs and replacing traffic signals, officials said. Overhead traffic signals and sign structures will be installed during the project.

Through traffic will be maintained at all times on Stoughton Road with lane restricts on Pflaum and Buckeye roads, according to the release. Nightly lane closures on Stoughton Road will go from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. starting Aug. 25.

The estimated $1.7 million project is expected to be completed by mid-October, officials said.

Metro: Riders should exchange Quik Tix for passes

Metro: Riders should exchange Quik Tix for passes

The city of Madison said Metro bus passengers will have about three months to exchange paper Quik Tix for a new pass due to an upgrade in equipment beginning next month.

Madison said in a release Thursday that Metro Transit will install new fareboxes on all fixed-route buses in August. The new system will accept cash and Metro fare items, but paper Quik Tix will not longer be valid as of Oct. 31.

The city said passengers are asked to trade in existing Quik Tix for two-ride or 10-ride cards.

Metro Transit operates on holiday schedules on July 4

Metro Transits will operate holiday schedules on Friday, July 4. Holiday Schedules are available at mymetrobus.com/holidays or in the Metro Ride Guide.

The following routes operate holiday schedules: 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 13, 16, 18, 20, 21, 22, 30, 32, 36, 40, 50, 51, 59, 63, 67, and 68.

There will be no UW Campus Service Routes 80 – 84
 
All standing paratransit rides will be canceled on Friday, July 4. Paratransit passengers must schedule casual rides to travel on this date, according to a city of Madison report.

Metro's customer service center will be open from 9:00 AM until 4:30 PM. The Metro administration office will be closed for the holiday.
 

1 dead, 2 seriously injured in Hwy 12/18 crash, police say

1 dead, 2 seriously injured in Hwy 12/18 crash, police say

One person is dead and two others were seriously injured in a crash on Highway 12/18 near Millpond Road Tuesday afternoon, Madison police said.

The Madison Police Department is investigating the fatal crash that happened on Highway 12/18 around 5 p.m.

Multiple injuries have been reported, and Med Flight was called to the scene.

Eastbound Highway 12/18 east of Interstate 39/90 was closed until 9 p.m. and created major delays, police said.

Construction to close North Street, detour buses through October

Construction to close North Street, detour buses through October

A construction project just off of East Washington Avenue will close North Street through mid-October, according to a release.

Construction on North Street between East Washington Avenue and Commercial Avenue started Saturday, officials said. The project includes new asphalt pavement, concrete curb and gutter, storm sewer, sanitary sewer, water mains and driveway aprons.

During construction North Street will be closed to through-traffic, but East Johnson Street at North Street will stay open to traffic, according to the release. During off-peak hours, traffic on East Johnson Street will have to cross North Street under the direction of flaggers.

The reconstruction project is expected to be completed by mid-October.

Officials: WB Beltline motorists should expect delays Wednesday

Officials: WB Beltline motorists should expect delays Wednesday

State traffic officials said motorists should expect delays on the westbound Beltline Wednesday afternoon. 

The state Department of Transportation said an oversized and overweight truck will be delivering a large bridge beam to the northbound side of Verona Road for a reconstruction project. 

The DOT said the stretch of road affected by the delivery would be about 8 miles of westbound Beltline traffic from Interstate 90 to the Verona Road exit.

Motorists were urged to slow down and use caution, according to an alert received Tuesday.