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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.

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.
 

Daytime lane closures expected this week on Verona Road

Daytime lane closures expected this week on Verona Road

Daily lane closures on southbound Verona Road at the Beltline interchange are scheduled this week, according to a Wisconsin Department of Transportation release.

The closures are scheduled from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., officials said. Drivers can expect the planned lane closures to start on Monday and end on Friday.

Two lanes of southbound Verona Road will remain open, according to the release.

Officials expect delays and backups in the area. Drivers are advised to use the signed alternate route of Highway 14 and County Road M to access Verona Road.

Crews will start repairing damage to a beam of the Beltline bridge over Verona Road that was hit on April 9, according to the release. The bridge is still safe for traffic traveling on the Beltline and Verona Road, but the outside shoulder of the westbound Beltline at the interchange will be closed long term due to the incident.

Officers focus on 3 areas to enforce speed, red-light-turn laws

Officers focus on 3 areas to enforce speed, red-light-turn laws

Police said officers are focusing on three areas of Madison this week to reduce traffic violations.

The Madison Police Department's traffic enforcement safety team will enforce speed limits on the eastbound Beltline Highway on Madison's west side and on the north side on Wright Street, according to a statement released Tuesday.

Officers will also be enforcing restrictions on East Washington Avenue in areas where right turns at red lights are restricted.

The special enforcement team regularly conducts targeted patrols to promote compliance with traffic laws.