Getting to Fitchburg or Madison from Verona’s west side will become more complicated next week.
Construction on what is currently a four-way stop is set to begin Monday, July 8, and will last throughout the summer.
The project is beginning two weeks after the initially planned June 24 start date and is expected to reopen on or before Oct. 2. Full project completion is expected by Oct. 25, according to a news release.
The City of Fitchburg’s suggested detour would have drivers use Maple Grove Drive, McKee Road, Seminole Highway and Lacy Road to get around the construction, which is being performed by the same contractor handling the nearby Verona Road construction.
Access to businesses in the area, including Bavaria Sausage and It’s Your Party, which are both on the intersection, will remain open throughout the project.
The change to a roundabout is expected to reduce “significant delays and long lines of traffic during peak hours” as traffic volumes have increased, according to the city’s project page.
“The roundabout alternative was selected because it best improves traffic flow and is anticipated to be the safest intersection configuration,” the project page states.
Some Fitchburg alders had initially supported a mini-roundabout, partly because of concerns of the businesses at the intersection. They were told the full roundabout would be a longer-term solution, and the city approved it in April 2018.
“We gotta do it right the first time and not do it again,” Ald. Tom Clauder (Dist. 4) said at the time.
The $2 million project is being funded through the city’s Tax-Increment District No. 6.