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WATCH: Time-lapse shows demolition of Beltline bridge

Crews took down the foot bridge over the Beltline at Seminole Highway on Madison's west side overnight.

The Beltline between Verona Road and Fish Hatchery Road was closed for 7 hour from 10 p.m. Thursday to 5 a.m. Friday to allow workers to take the bridge out.

Traffic was detoured to Highway PD.

The city plans to build a new pedestrian bridge in that spot in the fall.

Work on the Beltline is expected to be complete in 2016. The Verona Road project is scheduled to finish in 2019.

Bus lane construction to drop E. Verona Ave. to single lane

Bus lane construction to drop E. Verona Ave. to single lane

A stretch of road in Verona will close for several weeks beginning next week for a construction project.

State Department of Transportation Project Manager Greg Breck said construction on East Verona Avenue will begin Monday.

The DOT is adding bus lanes on East Verona Avenue and an additional bay to the Park and Ride lot. Workers will also connect bike trails up to the avenue and improve turn lanes at the intersections with Maple Grove Road and Old County Road PB.

Maple Grove Road and Old PB will be closed around East Verona Avenue for four to five weeks starting Monday, Breck said. Maple Grove will be open to allow access to Badger Prairie Health Care Center at 1100  E. Verona Ave.

East Verona Avenue will be reduced to a single lane during the construction, Breck said.

Signs will direct motorists to County Road M and Cross Country Road.

Police believe 2 vehicle crashes involved heroin

Police believe 2 vehicle crashes involved heroin

A man police believe had ingested heroin careened off of Watts Road Wednesday morning and crashed into a light pole, according to a release.

The man was pinned inside his car for a significant amount of time while Madison Fire Department crews worked to get him out, officials said. The 24-year-old suffered serious leg injuries, but was listed in stable condition.

He is expected to be cited for operating while under the influence.

Police are also investigating a second traffic incident that happened Wednesday morning that they believe also involved heroin.

A 29-year-old man was taken to a hospital for observation after he nearly drove a vehicle into the side of a car wash in the 600 block of South Gammon Road around 11:40 a.m., according to the release.

DOT: Verona Road construction to start back up next week

DOT: Verona Road construction to start back up next week

Construction work on Verona Road is scheduled to start back up again next week, according to a Wisconsin Department of Transportation release.

The construction work will be between the Beltline and Raymond Road and the frontage roads, officials said.

Crews will be finishing landscaping, restoration and other remaining work from last year’s construction project, according to the release. The work is expected to be done by late June.

Access to businesses and neighborhoods will remain open, officials said. The temporary roadway, or “Freeport Connection,” under Verona Road will permanently close Wednesday. The Southwest Commuter Path will remain open to pedestrians and bicyclists with periodic detours.

According to the release, the project is weather dependent and subject to change.

Crane teardown to close traffic on W. Gilman St. 3 days

Crane teardown to close traffic on W. Gilman St. 3 days

Removing a piece of construction equipment from a downtown Madison area will close West Gilman Street three days next week. 

The Madison Traffic Engineering and Parking Divisions said in a release Thursday that beginning Monday at 7 a.m. JH Findorff and its subcontractors will disassemble a tower crane for The Hub housing project.

Taking down the crane will require closing through traffic on the 400 block of West Gilman Street between University Avenue and State Street through Wednesday afternoon. 

During the closure on West Gilman Street, two-way traffic from North Broom Street to residences and businesses on the east end of the 400 block of West Gilman Street will be permitted, the city's traffic engineering division said.  

City officials: Expect slower morning commute despite extra crews

City officials: Expect slower morning commute despite extra crews

Monday morning's commute may be slower than normal as snow continues to fall throughout the Madison area and city crews are out plowing.

The Streets Division had crews out all Saturday night on salt routes, with two trucks sanding residential streets at hills, curve and intersections, according to a release.

Thirty-two drivers will come in at noon on Sunday and work through the afternoon and evening, officials said. Crews will be applying salt on salt routes as long as temperatures allow.

"Temperatures are forecast to drop, so we will be switching to sand at some time this evening," the Sunday release said.

Most main streets should be in good winter driving conditions, but there will be a lot of blowing snow in open areas, officials said.

"We are going to be paying close attention to areas that are prone to blowing and drifting snow, but drivers should use caution," the release said.

Bus service reduced for Christmas Eve, Day

Bus service reduced for Christmas Eve, Day

Madison Metro will have reduced service hours next week due to the holidays.

The city of Madison posted a reminder Thursday that the buses will follow regular weekday schedules on Wednesday, Christmas Eve, but service will end early with the last trips of the day between 5 and 6:30 p.m. 

Buses will follow the holiday schedule Christmas Day, Thursday. 

For online guides, visit www.cityofmadison.com/metro/schedules/Holidays/index.cfm

More information is also available through the Metro customer service center at 608-266-4466.