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Ironman route may cause traffic delays, officials say

Ironman route may cause traffic delays, officials say

Drivers in the Madison area should expect some delays Sunday starting around 7 a.m. when the Ironman Triathlon gets underway, officials said.

Some residents in western Dane County will be affected by the bike portion of the triathlon, according to the release. Those residents should plan to use alternative routes and allow extra travel time.

Officials will be out directing traffic at major intersections along the course throughout the day.

The Ironman triathlon consists of a 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile bike race and 26.2-mile marathon, according to the release. The course can be viewed online.

Railroad repair work to partially close intersection

Railroad repair work to partially close intersection

The railroad crossing at John Nolen Drive and Blair Street will be limited to one lane in each direction Friday for emergency repairs, according to a release.

The closure will start at 9 a.m. and go until 3:30 p.m., officials said. The intersection will be opened to one lane of traffic in each direction during the repair work.

Officials encourage drivers, pedestrians and bicyclists to use different routes to avoid delays.

2 downtown, near west side roads to be closed Saturday

2 downtown, near west side roads to be closed Saturday

Two roads between downtown and the near west side will be closed Saturday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., according to a release.

The 200 block of South Brooks Street will be closed Saturday, according to a release.

Ideal Crane will be setting up a crane for work associated with Meriter Hospital that will require South Brooks Street from Mound to Chandler streets to be closed, according to the release.

Officials encourage motorists and bicyclists to use different routes to avoid delay during the closure.

Pedestrian traffic will remain open on the west side of South Brooks Street, according to the release.

The 1300 block of West Dayton Street between Randall Avenue and the Union South Parking Garage driveway will be closed Saturday for milling and paving operations, according to the release.

Work on pedestrian path to congest John Nolen area

Work on pedestrian path to congest John Nolen area

Traffic officials said a construction project to improve a bike path area downtown is expected to delay traffic significantly through August.

The reconstruction project affecting motorists on John Nolen Drive, North Shore Drive and Broom Street is meant to improve the pedestrian and bike crossing at the John Nolen and North Shore intersection. 

It's also meant to increase the safety for northbound left-turn drivers from John Nolen Drive to westbound North Shore Drive. 

The project includes reconstructing two traffic islands and installing a new median and new storm sewer in the area, according to the Madison Traffic Engineering department.

City traffic engineer David Dryer said in a news release Tuesday that the following lanes will be closed for the path reconstruction:

Southbound John Nolen at North Shore:

Man on cellphone hits parked car, car rolls over, police say

Man on cellphone hits parked car, car rolls over, police say

Police said a Madison man on his cellphone rolled his vehicle after hitting a parked car on the east side.

On Saturday at about 10:30 a.m., Madison police responded to a report of a single-vehicle rollover accident.

According to the report, Eduardo Gurfield, 30, was driving on the 2000 block of Winnebago Street at about 10:34 a.m. when he veered to the right and hit a parked car. Police said he then overcorrected, causing his vehicle to roll over.

Gurfield was using his cellphone when the accident occurred, according to police.

He suffered a minor leg injury but refused medical attention, the report noted.

Gurfield was cited for inattentive driving and not having insurance.

West Johnson Street lane closures expected through mid-August

West Johnson Street lane closures expected through mid-August

Lane closures are expected on West Johnson Street between North Charter and North Frances streets until mid-August, according to a release.

The City of Madison is replacing curb and gutter, and terrace pavers along West Johnson Street, according to the release.

Officials said the construction will close West Johnson Street between North Charter and North Frances streets from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Thursdays. Closures should also be expected 9 a.m. Fridays through 7 a.m. Mondays.

The project is expected to last until mid-August, according to the release.

Moderate traffic congestion is expected during the lane closures and officials encourage motorists to use alternative routes to avoid delays.

300 block of North Bassett St. to close Friday, Saturday

300 block of North Bassett St. to close Friday, Saturday

The 300 block of North Bassett Street will be closed from University Avenue to Conklin Place Friday and Saturday, according to a release.

The street will be closed for Kraemer Brothers to set up equipment to remove a tower crane, according to the release.

Traffic from Conklin Place to Bassett Street will be maintained, according to the release.

Officials said bike traffic from University Avenue southbound will be directed to the sidewalk and pedestrian traffic will be maintained during the closure.

Officials urge motorists and bicyclists to use different routes to avoid delays during the project.