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One month and counting: Beltline project begins April 30

April 3, 2007

Regular users of Madison’s Beltline (US 12/14/18/151) should begin planning alternate routes in advance of the project’s April 30 start date, according to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT).

“We strongly urge Beltline users, particularly morning and afternoon commuters, to begin planning their alternate routes and have new routines established by the start date,” said WisDOT project manager Curt Neuhauser. “Lengthy delays are likely to greet motorists on the Beltline once the project is underway, especially during peak hours.”  

Traffic between Fish Hatchery Road and Verona Road will be reduced to two lanes in each direction for much of the project,  scheduled for completion in mid-July. Additional nighttime lane closures will occur regularly. The speed limit in the construction zone will be reduced to 45 mph.

The 1.4-mile stretch is the busiest segment of the Beltline, carrying 120,400 vehicles a day. 

The project entails a major reconditioning, including replacing the deck on the Todd Drive bridge, removing railroad tracks, and highway resurfacing. The highway was last rehabilitated in 1992. Maintenance needs have escalated in recent years due to deteriorating concrete and surface smoothness.  The project will result in improved ride quality and enhanced safety on Madison’s major arterial.

“The project is being expedited to the greatest extent possible, with crews working round the clock,” Neuhauser said.  “The contract includes penalties for running over schedule.”

Message boards will be in place on the Beltline in advance of construction start. Additional message boards will be placed on feeder roads during construction.

WisDOT asks that motorists be vigilant about construction crews on or near this project, as well as all other road construction sites, and slow down in the work zones.

In addition to planning alternative routes, motorists might also consider carpooling or mass transit to help alleviate traffic congestion.

For more information, contact:
Curt Neuhauser, WisDOT project manager
(608) 245-2676

Michael Bie, WisDOT regional communications
(608) 246-7928



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