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Beltline lane shifts near Verona Road this weekend

Beltline lane shifts near Verona Road this weekend

A lane shift affecting Madison's west and south side areas starting this weekend will move eastbound Beltline motorists into lanes on the westbound side of the Madison thoroughfare, traffic officials said.

The shift between Whitney Way and Verona Road was planned to begin Saturday night and take effect Sunday morning, according to the state Department of Transportation. The lane changes will continue through late fall 2015. All lanes of traffic will remain open in each direction.

Ramps will close at Whitney Way to the eastbound Beltline and Eastbound Beltline to Verona Road and Midvale Boulevard from 10 p.m. Saturday to 8 a.m. Sunday, the DOT said.

Delays should be expected, especially during peak travel times Monday, officials said .

The DOT said motorists should allow for additional time if traveling eastbound on the Beltline Saturday through Monday and be especially alert in work zones.

Moonlight Movie Series to premiere in late February with "Frozen"

The Madison Parks Moonlight Movie Series will start Feb. 27 with a showing of the movie "Frozen."

Residents are encouraged to bring their families and blankets to Tenney Park for the movie showing at 6 p.m.

The movie showings will continue with other family-friendly classics, like "Battleship" and "The Incredibles," in the coming months at various Madison parks.

Madison Parks, Madison Mallards, the Madison Parks Foundation present the event, which is sponsored by Zimbrick Honda.

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.  

Madison Christmas tree collection starts Monday

Madison Christmas tree collection starts Monday

The city of Madison will start collecting used Christmas trees from residents on Monday.

The city of Madison Streets Division said there will be two rounds of Christmas tree collection. The second will start Jan. 20. Residents should have their trees by the road by 7 a.m. on either Jan. 5 or Jan. 20. Trees will be collected sometime within two weeks of each of those dates.

On-street chippers will be used to process the trees, so the city asks residents to follow rules to make sure the equipment isn't damaged:

County building lease deal means more space for growing VANN

County building lease deal means more space for growing VANN

It's good news on the horizon for a Verona non-profit organization. 

Dane County said Thursday that it plans to lease an empty building to the Verona Area Needs Network for $20 per year for the next 15 years, if the county board approves the move. 

VANN operates out of the basement of the city's former library on North Franklin Street. In a news release, the county said VANN needs better accessibility, and with the number of people served by the organization up 180 percent, more room to expand services. 

Dane County Executive Joe Parisi said in a news conference Thursday that the lease proposal for the Badger Prairie complex on Verona Road will be introduced to the Dane County Board Thursday night. If approved the organization would move in March 1.

VANN Board President Bob Kasieta said the new facility will help the group serve more people.

No refuse or recycling collection on Christmas, News Year's

No refuse or recycling collection on Christmas, News Year's

According to the city of Madison, there will be no refuse or recycling on Dec. 25 or Jan. 1 because of the Christmas and New Year's holidays. If your material is normally collected on Thursday, it will be collected on Friday, Dec. 26 and Friday, Jan. 2.

Residents should be sure to get material out to the curb by 7 a.m., as Street Division crews will be collecting in both the Thursday and Friday refuse districts on Dec. 26 and Jan. 2.

Because of the double collection, large item collection will be reduced. Residents are asked to hold large items until after the holidays if possible.

The Streets Division's offices and drop-off sites will also be closed on Dec. 25 and Jan. 1. They will conduct regular refuse and recycling collection on Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve. Their offices will also be open on those dates.

For additional information, visit the Streets Division's web page.

Open house meeting to discuss Verona Road project

A public meeting to discussed the years-long Verona Road construction project is scheduled later this month. 

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation said that on Dec. 18, from 5:30-7:30 p.m., an open house will be held to discuss design and construction activities for the Verona Road, Highway 18/151 project.

The meeting will take place at the City of Fitchburg Fire Station No. 2, 5415 King James Way.

Maps and exhibits showing the proposed improvements will be on display. Wisconsin Department of Transportation representatives will be available to discuss the project on an individual basis. The reconstruction includes the roadway from the Beltline to County Road PD, Mckee Road, and the Beltline between Whitney Way and Seminole Highway.