The Verona Road construction project has moved into Fitchburg.
The project has altered traffic patterns for the past two years from the Beltline in Madison to Verona Road heading toward Fitchburg. It was set to break ground within city limits beginning Tuesday, Sept. 6, and will continue through mid-November, with related projects picking back up in the spring.
Construction areas for this segment include Verona Road from Fitchrona Road to Williamsburg Way, Nesbitt Road between County Hwy. PD and Limestone Lane, the intersection of Williamsburg Way and Anton Drive and the East Frontage Road between Williamsburg Way and Chalet Gardens Road.
Verona Road project communications manager Steve Theisen said the DOT has no official detour routes, but the Verona Road Business Coalition has posted signs that direct traffic to access for local businesses on Nesbitt Road and Anton Drive.
“We’ve had coordination with them,” Theisen said.
Two lanes are expected to remain open on Verona Road during peak travel times, but single-lane closures will take place overnight between 8 p.m. and 5 a.m. Monday through Friday.
While the eastern segment of Nesbitt Road will be closed to through traffic, access to businesses will remain. Anton Drive is also expected to close to through traffic for a two-week period in late September, according to a news release from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation.
The work is “weather dependent and subject to change,” the DOT release stated.
These initial projects are scheduled for completion in mid-November, according to the release, with the end of Stage 2 in the Verona Road project scheduled for completion in fall 2020.
Stage 2 work includes these initial projects, reconstruction of Verona Road south of PD, a bridge over PD and expansion to three lanes for Verona Road and a section of PD. Williamsburg Way will also have a bridge over Verona Road when construction when Stage 2 is complete.
Theisen said one-lane closures are also planned for Hwy. PD, but, like Verona Road, those will take place at non-peak traffic times.
“We want to keep traffic moving,” he explained.
Those closures could begin as soon as this month, but will become more regular in 2017 and 2018.
Theisen recommended people who have to drive through the area stay informed through the project’s website, VeronaRoad Project.wi.gov, or by signing up for weekly email newsletters.