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Construction prompts closure of Walgreens at Verona Road

Construction prompts closure of Walgreens at Verona Road

The drugstore that's been on Verona Road nearly 20 years is scheduled to close before the end of the year because of construction in the area, the company said Thursday.

Corporate Walgreens spokesman Phil Caruso said the store at 4641 Verona Road will close Dec. 30 and that construction on Verona Road was a factor in the decision to close the store.

Caruso said customers with prescriptions on file at the Verona Road store will automatically have their prescriptions transferred to the store at 5702 Raymond Road.

The majority of the employees at the Verona Road store will be placed in jobs at other area Walgreens location, Caruso added.

He said the decision to close the Verona Road store was not easy.

2.6K athletes descend to Madison for Ironman

2.6K athletes descend to Madison for Ironman

Approximately 2,600 athletes will be descending on Madison over the weekend to compete in the 2014 Ironman triathlon.

The triathlon routes feature Madison and its surrounding scenic areas, organizers said.

Ironman Wisconsin offers a $25,000 professional prize and 50 age-group qualifying slots for the 2015 Ironman, according to a release.

The triathlon starts at 7 a.m. on Sunday with a 2.4-mile swim in Lake Monona, followed by a 112-mile bike ride through rural Dane County and a 26.2-mile run through downtown Madison.

According to the release, 17 countries and 48 states will be represented in the triathlon, with 818 participants coming from Wisconsin.

Many University of Wisconsin campus and downtown streets will be closed to accommodate the biking and running portion of the race, organizers said.

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.

Driver complaints force changes in Beltline construction

Driver complaints force changes in Beltline construction

The Department of Transportation will make changes to Beltline construction after drivers complained that on-ramps were unsafe.

The DOT has been doing resurfacing work and building sound barriers along the Beltline for the last few months, but after a number of crashes and complaints from drivers, they're working with a contractor to change the ramp design.

Ramps at Old Sauk and Mineral Point Roads have been using yield signs causing slower merging in places with poor visibility, and the merge lanes have been drastically shortened.

Marty Caban drives the Beltline day and night for his two jobs, and he said drivers don't know how to respond at the on-ramps.

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.

Verona Road traffic shifts

Verona Road traffic shifts

Whether drivers are fine with construction or cannot wait for it to end, traffic on Verona Road is shifting Wednesday into Thursday, entering the project?s next phase of construction.

It takes Amanda Hippensteel longer to drive from her apartment to the Beltline than it does to walk.

?The biggest problem is how backed up the construction is making traffic. It takes 20 minutes to go two blocks, usually if you're coming at rush hour,? Hippensteel said.

Atlas Rogers is training to be a bus driver and rides the stretch of road under construction every day, and he?s impressed with the progress.

?It has not really been that bad over here, you know, it's been kind of smooth,? Rogers said. ?Except for the few people that haven't adjusted or want to make a quick turn here or there, but otherwise everybody's been following direction and instructions and going the proper way.?

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.