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Officers focus on 3 areas to enforce speed, red-light-turn laws

Officers focus on 3 areas to enforce speed, red-light-turn laws

Police said officers are focusing on three areas of Madison this week to reduce traffic violations.

The Madison Police Department's traffic enforcement safety team will enforce speed limits on the eastbound Beltline Highway on Madison's west side and on the north side on Wright Street, according to a statement released Tuesday.

Officers will also be enforcing restrictions on East Washington Avenue in areas where right turns at red lights are restricted.

The special enforcement team regularly conducts targeted patrols to promote compliance with traffic laws.

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.

Complete reconstruction of King, East Main streets starts Friday

Complete reconstruction of King, East Main streets starts Friday

A complete reconstruction of the 100 block of King Street and the 100 block of East Main Street will start Friday, according to a release.

Starting Friday, the 100 block of King Street will be closed to through traffic for the duration of the project, officials said. The traffic route of East Main Street to South Pinckney Street will remain open through this weekend, but will close for the duration of the project starting on Monday.

Access to the Tenney Parking ramp will be maintained from Webster Street, according to the release. The 100 block of South Pinckney Street will be converted to two-way traffic to maintain on-street parking.

Madison Metro will be detouring four routes during construction.

All businesses in the area will remain open, and pedestrian access will be maintained to all businesses, officials said. The project is expected to be finished in June.

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.

Delays expected during East Johnson Street utility work

Delays expected during East Johnson Street utility work

Utility companies will start installing buried facilities on East Johnson Street at Butler, Hamilton and Livingston streets on Monday, according to a release.

The project scheduled to start on Monday is in addition to the East Johnson Street reconstruction project that has preliminary start date of May 6, officials said.

Utility work schedule:

2 downtown roads to be closed Friday, Saturday

2 downtown roads to be closed Friday, Saturday

Two downtown streets will be closed Friday for contractors to complete projects, according to a release.

West Gilman Street will be closed Friday for contractors to pour concrete for the HUB Development, officials said. Through traffic on the 400 block of West Gilman Street will be closed between University Avenue and State Street from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

During the closure, 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, according to the release. Pedestrian traffic will be maintained on West Gilman to residences and businesses at all times during the street closure.

West Dayton Street will be closed Friday through Saturday for contractors to dismantle a tower crane, according to a release.

West Dayton Street to be closed Friday

West Dayton Street to be closed Friday

Through traffic on the 300 block of West Dayton Street will be closed Friday so contractors can pour concrete for the Ovation project adjacent to Madison Fire Station No. 1, according to a release.

The closure between North Broom and North Henry streets is scheduled from 2:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., officials said.

Access to the Overture Center Parking Garage from the West Dayton Street entrance will be closed from 4 a.m. until noon, according to the release. During this time, access will be from West Mifflin Street only.

Access to residences and business deliveries on the 300 block of West Dayton Street will be maintained at all times from North Broom Street, officials said. Traffic and parking will be restricted on the 100 and 200 blocks of North Henry Street between West Johnson and West Mifflin streets between 2:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Parking on the 10 block of North Broom Street will be restricted for contractor staging, according to the release.