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Public hearing to discuss Madison Transit Service changes

Public hearing to discuss Madison Transit Service changes

Metro Transit and the City of Madison Transit and Parking Commission will hold a public hearing at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, April 9, according to a city of Madison press release.

The meeting will be held at the Madison Municipal Building, 215 Martin Luther King Junior Blvd., in room 260.

The hearing will discuss proposed service changes to Routes 8, 14, 15, 19, 26, 36, 44, 48, 50, 59, 70, 71, 72, 73, 74 and 78. Changes are proposed to go into effect during the last week of August.

People are encouraged to attend the public hearing to give feedback. To submit comments on the Metro changes online, visit mymetrobus.com/feedback.

More than 3 miles of Fish Hatchery Road closed days through April

More than 3 miles of Fish Hatchery Road closed days through April

More than 3 miles of Fish Hatchery Road will be closed during the business day for construction lasting about a month, according to the Dane County Department of Public Works, Highway and Transportation. 

Highway Engineer Greg Peterson said Fish Hatchery Road will be closed between Lacy Road and County Highway M from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. The county public works department is replacing culverts before laying down new pavement. 

Work begins Wednesday and is expected to be complete in May, though the county did not specify a date in a release received Wednesday. 

Motorists were advised to find an alternate route to avoid the area. The suggested alternative is County Highway M east to MM, north on MM to Highway 14, then north to the Beltline west to Fish Hatchery Road. 

City: Pothole season will be longer, not as severe

City: Pothole season will be longer, not as severe

Madison potholes will become more prevalent as the weather warms up, and the city is already racing to fill more than 15,000 of them.

The cold and the rain put stress on the roads, causing potholes to pop up all over the city.

George Dreckmann with the Madison Streets Division said the year's winter will make the season longer, but that doesn't necessarily mean more potholes.

"Because the frost went so deep this year, the thawing is going to take a little bit longer and that means the pothole season is going to spread out, but it's not going to be quite as severe," Dreckmann said.

The city will temporarily fill potholes and then finish with something more permanent in the summer. They said they'll try to fill them within 24 hours of being reported.

Verona Road construction starts Monday

Work on the much-anticipated Verona Road project will begin Monday.

Most of the initial work will have a limited impact on traffic as crews work on traffic control lights and signage. Two weeks later, during the week of March 10, the changes will be significant.

That is when the northbound lanes of Verona Road will be closed between Raymond Road and the Beltline. North- and southbound traffic will share the southbound lanes.

By July officials hope the new northbound lanes will be completed and all traffic will be shifted there to allow construction of new southbound lanes. All work on the stretch of Verona Road between the Beltline and Raymond Road is expected to be completed by November 2014.

It is estimated that 65,000 vehicles use Verona Road each day. Providing access during construction is one of the challenges.

Extreme cold keeps water main repair crews busy

Extreme cold keeps water main repair crews busy

The extreme cold is creating lots of work for the local water utility.

Madison Water Utility spokeswoman Amy Barrilleaux said that seven water main breaks throughout the city Tuesday morning had all the department's repair crews out. 

Barrilleaux said mains broke Tuesday on:

  • Barby Lane
  • Mohican Pass
  • Havey Road
  • Kingsbridge Road
  • Tokay Boulevard
  • Nautilus Drive
  • and at East Main & Paterson streets

The harsh dip in temperatures is the cause of the multiple breaks, Barrilleaux said. It also makes fixing the breaks difficult. 

"It always makes things a little bit slower because our crews have to take breaks and warm up," she said. The icy streets also have to be salted and drains plowed to take care of the extra water in the roadways. 

But she said the Madison Water Utility prepares for tough weather. 

Crews work overnight to finish plowing residential streets

Crews work overnight to finish plowing residential streets

Madison declared a snow emergency Sunday after several inches of snow fell on southern Wisconsin overnight complicating travel.

Madison's Streets Division said Sunday morning the snow emergency would be in effect through 7 a.m. Tuesday.

Streets superintendent Chris Kelley said 84 crews worked through the night into Monday morning finishing plowing residential streets.

Kelley said crews also worked on salt routes overnight to handle the additional inch of snow that fell through the night.

Kelley said crews will work on clearing up vision hazards and opening up bus stops for the next 7 to 10 days. They also expect to send more crews out
Monday evening to clean up downtown streets.

Residents were asked to find off-street parking if possible. Free parking is available at city-owned parking lots, the department said. Residents can park for no charge from 9 p.m. through 7 a.m. during the snow emergency.

Passenger seat smolders, driver pulls over

Passenger seat smolders, driver pulls over

Fire officials said a car's heated seat started on fire on Madison’s south side Tuesday afternoon.

The Madison Fire Department said a driver pulled over just after noon on Highway 14 south of the Beltline when the passenger seat started smoking.

The driver told firefighters the seat was electronically heated and the button had been stuck. The fire department said the lumbar area of the seat was smoldering when crews arrived.

Firefighters sprayed water on the seat but it continued to smoke, so they ripped that area of the seat out. Crews also removed the seat heater’s fuse.