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East Johnson St. open Friday, ribbon cutting ceremony to take place

East Johnson St. open Friday, ribbon cutting ceremony to take place

Starting Friday at 3 p.m., all traffic lanes of E. Johnson St. will be open.

To celebrate the end of this construction, there will be an event called the Jam On Johnson. The street wide celebration will start at 4p.m. on Friday and end at 8 p.m.

Mayor Paul Soglin will attend for a ribbon cutting, to kick off the event.

There will be complimentary tastings and end-of-construction specials at 18 different locations along E. Johnson St. There will also be street musicians, a gift wrapping station and a raffle for an E. Johnson St. gift basket packed with prizes.

The event is free for anyone in Madison to attend.

To find out more information, visit this website.

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

Police ID east Madison intersections with high crash rates

Police ID east Madison intersections with high crash rates

Six Madison intersections were identified as the areas with the highest rates of crashes on the city's east side, authorities said Friday.

The Madison Police Department said in a news release that the intersections include:

  • South Stoughton Road and Pflaum Road
  • North First Street and East Washington Avenue
  • Lien Road and East Washington Avenue
  • Mendota Street and East Washington Avenue
  • Buckeye Road and South Stoughton Road
  • North Stoughton Road and East Washington Avenue

Police also said the majority of crashes on the east side happen during the afternoon traffic rush between 2 and 6 p.m. An evaluation of the crashes showed they are more likely to happen in daylight on a clear, dry day.

Orchard St. to close for storm sewer installation

Orchard St. to close for storm sewer installation

On Sept. 8 and Sept. 9, Badgerland Excavating will be installing a storm sewer connection in the 200 block of S. Orchard St.

This will require closing through-traffic on the block between Mound St. and Chandler St. from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. on both days. The roadway will be reopened at 5 p.m. on Monday for the overnight hours.

Local vehicles and pedestrian traffic will be maintained to all residences and businesses on the 200 block of S. Orchard St. at all times during this street closure.

Motorists and bicyclists are encouraged to use alternate routes to avoid delays during this closure.

2.6K athletes descend to Madison for Ironman

2.6K athletes descend to Madison for Ironman

Approximately 2,600 athletes will be descending on Madison over the weekend to compete in the 2014 Ironman triathlon.

The triathlon routes feature Madison and its surrounding scenic areas, organizers said.

Ironman Wisconsin offers a $25,000 professional prize and 50 age-group qualifying slots for the 2015 Ironman, according to a release.

The triathlon starts at 7 a.m. on Sunday with a 2.4-mile swim in Lake Monona, followed by a 112-mile bike ride through rural Dane County and a 26.2-mile run through downtown Madison.

According to the release, 17 countries and 48 states will be represented in the triathlon, with 818 participants coming from Wisconsin.

Many University of Wisconsin campus and downtown streets will be closed to accommodate the biking and running portion of the race, organizers said.

Police: Drunken man asleep in car thought he'd parked

Police: Drunken man asleep in car thought he'd parked

A man told police he thought he'd parked after he was reportedly found intoxicated and asleep behind the wheel Saturday afternoon.

Madison police said officers found 53-year-old Jerry J. Wright snoring in a car on the 100 block of North Fairchild Street at 2:23 p.m. The front of the car was protruding into a traffic lane and the rear bumper was resting against another car, which was legally parked.

According to the report, concerned citizens could see Wright was "completely out, and in deep slumber."

Wright allegedly told the officer he thought he'd finished his parallel parking job and was really tired, so he went to sleep. The officer also said a large can of beer was in the car.

Wright was arrested on suspicion of fourth-offense drunken driving.