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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.

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.

Lane shift scheduled for Segoe Road Thursday

A crew will be shifting the northbound lanes of North Segoe Road Thursday for a construction project, according to a release.

Starting at 7 a.m., the crew will be placing backfill material for a housing project at 618 N. Segoe Rd, officials said.

Northbound traffic will be shifted to the southbound left travel lane on Segoe Road between Frey Street and Sheboygan Avenue until 7 p.m., according to the release.

Two-way traffic on North Segoe Road and pedestrian traffic will be maintained during the project, officials said. Traffic from North Segoe Road to eastbound Frey Street will be detoured to Sawyer Terrace.

Officials encourage motorists and bicyclists to use alternate route to avoid delays.

University Ave. on-ramp to close briefly Monday

University Ave. on-ramp to close briefly Monday

The Old Middleton Road on-ramp will be closed for about five hours Monday morning for emergency road work, according to the city of Madison.

Madison Traffic Engineering said in a release Friday that the on-ramp to University Avenue from Old Middleton Road would be shut down from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. for an emergency paving operation.

The city said the the off-ramp from University Avenue will be open. Metro bus stops will also be open, according to the alert.

Unit installed on busy bike path to tally bicyclists

Unit installed on busy bike path to tally bicyclists

A bike-counting unit was put in on a busy Madison bike path Thursday, city transportation officials said.

The Madison Traffic Engineering said in a release Thursday that an Eco-totem counter was installed on the Southwest Path just east of Monroe Street. The unit tallies bicyclists who passover loops embedded in the path.

The unit counts the number of bikes on the path by day and keeps a running total of the number of bikes counted on the path for the year.

The city already collects information on how many bikes pass through a few locations in Madison, city traffic engineer David Dryer said in the release. Data collected from the Eco-totem will supplement that information. But the unit will allow path users to see the count in real-time.

"It will give people a reminder of how many bicyclists there are in Madison and the need to watch for cyclists on ... streets," Dryer said in the release.

Annual fire trucks parade this Sunday

The annual Dane County Fire Chiefs Association Fire Truck Parade will take place Sunday, Oct. 5.

This popular event is held each year to mark the beginning of Fire Prevention Week in Dane County. The parade includes more than 30 fire trucks from many of the fire departments serving communities in Dane County.

The parade begins at 1 p.m. at the end of State St. near the Library Mall. The trucks, adorned with plenty of chrome and flashing red lights, will travel up State St. to the Capitol Square.

Once at the square, the fire trucks will be on display until 3 p.m. for children of all ages to see up close. Firefighters will be available to answer questions about fire safety. This year, the fire trucks on the square will be joined by the newly-rebuilt Fire Safety House, which has been visiting area schools as part of Fire Prevention Month activities.

Badger fans asked to plan for traffic delays

Badger fans asked to plan for traffic delays

Numerous construction projects in and around Madison are prompting state transportation officials to ask fans to expect delays getting to Camp Randall Stadium on Saturday.

Work on the Beltline will be on hold for five hours before and after the game, but lane shifts, ramp closures and reduced speeds are still likely to cause delays. Alternate routes are also likely to have extra game day traffic.

The game kicks off at 11 a.m.

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation recommends motorists plan for additional time to get to their destination.

State highway projects in the greater Madison area include:

Madison Beltline

·         Lane shifts in both directions between Middleton and I-39/90

·         US 14 ramp to westbound Beltline is open