Our network

Transportation

University Ave. traffic project to allievate congestion

University Ave. traffic project to allievate congestion

Public input sought on corridor improvement study   

A group is seeking public input on a study of transportation on the near west side.

A workshop will be held Tuesday from 6 to 8 p.m. in the cafeteria at Madison West High School. Organizers said attendee participation is sought during an informal needs and goals workshop will take place at 7 p.m.

The University Avenue corridor area and nearby neighborhood streets are the focus of the project, which is a collaboration between the city, the Village of Shorewood Hills and UW-Madison.

The group will develop a plan to help alleviate heavy daily traffic -- which is in excess of 50,000 vehicles per average weekday, according to the city traffic engineering department -- in the corridor area and its effect on travel times and the surrounding residential neighborhoods.

-IF YOU GO-

Part of N. Mills St. closed for crane removal

Part of N. Mills St. closed for crane removal

City to shut down traffic at 100 block for 5 days    

A portion of North Mills Street is scheduled to be closed to traffic for five days beginning Monday to remove a construction crane, the city’s traffic engineering department said.

The crane removal will close the 100 block of North Mills between West Dayton Street and north of the Southwest Commuter Bike Path through Friday, according to a city news release.

A 150-foot tall crane that’s been stationed at the Charter Street Heating Plant for more than two years will be removed, city employee Phil Nehmer said.

Nehmer, program specialist with the city’s traffic engineering department, said the crane is scheduled to be removed by Feb. 8 but inclement weather could delay workers.

“The crane company said [work on the crane is] weather dependent, so if it’s too windy or too icy or if it’s raining or snowing, they’ll be working on the weekend,” Nehmer said.

Up-to-date winter storm closings

Up-to-date winter storm closings

Snow emergencies, school closures, weather pics and more    

Channel3000.com and News 3 have up-to-the-minute closures and weather advisory information for area communities.

Find:

Madison motorists warned about speed enforcement

Madison motorists warned about speed enforcement

Madison police are setting up special traffic enforcement areas in the city over the next three days.

Officers will be looking for speeding and other traffic violations in the following areas:

  • 200 S. Whitney Way on Tuesday
  • 1400 E. Johnson St. on Wednesday
  • 900 Packers Ave. on Thursday

Madison police said it relies on the public's cooperation to be aware of and follow traffic laws.

A similar enforcement effort on East Washington Avenue last week resulted in 60 speeders pulled over.

Org: Bus advertising policies questionable

MABA says cost-benefit analysis not only consideration in advertising wraps    

The Madison Area Bus Advocates, a non-profit group comprised of citizens who describe themselves as “pro-bus,” said when it comes to advertising policies, Metro Transit sometimes forgoes consideration of citizens' "[o]bjections, including ones having to do with respect, safety, accessibility, dignity, and justice, [are] dismissed hastily in pursuit of the almighty dollar."

The president and a board member of the advocacy organization -- Susan De Vos and Laurie Wermter -- write that the Metro's ad policy "needs to be redone."

Read more at Madison Commons

Madison police looking for traffic violations

Madison police looking for traffic violations

 

Madison police will be paying special attention to traffic enforcement in specific areas of the city this week.

Special patrols will be placed in the following areas:

Tuesday at 4900 E. Washington Ave. (Speed enforcement - 55 mph zone) 
Wednesday at 1800 Fish Hatchery Rd. (Speed enforcement - 30 mph zone) 
Thursday at 4600 Commercial Ave. (Speed enforcement 35 mph zone)

Madison police said they rely on the cooperation of the public to be aware of and to follow all traffic laws, whether as a pedestrian, bicyclist or motorist.

Motorists are reminded to drive safely and to buckle seatbelts. 

Org: Lack of buses in snow emergencies unacceptable for Madison

Org: Lack of buses in snow emergencies unacceptable for Madison

Bus advocates group says Madison needs a snow emergency bus service

The Madison Area Bus Advocates, a non-profit group comprised of citizens who describe themselves as “pro-bus,” said Madison Metro’s service shutdown during a snowstorm Dec. 21 highlights the need for a busing plan in snow emergencies.

The president and vice president of the advocacy organization -- Susan De Vos and Michael Barrett -- shared their thoughts on the need for emergency service for bus patrons during Southern Wisconsin’s frequently travel-adverse winter weather.

De Vos and Barrett said Madison’s Metro Transit needs a skeletal snow emergency plan:

Our winters are harsh; we can have excessive snowfalls, and conditions are not always amenable to a "business as usual" format. So despite all our technology, there are simply times when we need a contingency plan, as during the recent blizzard of Thursday, Dec. 20.