FOX47 NEWS - East Wash Construction Resumes
After our first taste of spring weather, the road construction season is already beginning.
It is a familiar theme for drivers on Madison's east side, but at least there's light at the end of the tunnel.
The East Washington Avenue corridor facelift resumes this week, featuring new concrete, sewers, landscaping, lighting, and bike paths. The latest plan affects a half mile stretch from Marquette Street to Pinecrest Drive; and Highway 30 from McCormick Avenue to the east railroad tracks.
Crews will start by widening the bridge over Highway 30.
Inbound East Washington traffic just prior to the State Highway 30 bridge will be reduced to one lane, said Rob Phillips, deputy city engineer.
Electric billboards positioned across the city will provide travelers with realtime delays. Metro is advising commuters to plan ahead.
We may have some delays -- we'll be monitoring them with our GPS system in our buses, said Mick Rusch, Metro spokesperson. Just to be on the safe side, if you really have to get downtown for something, you might consider taking an earlier bus just to be on the safe side.
Shops, restaurants, and gas stations along the corridor have dealt with the inconvenience before. They're reminding customers they'll be open for business.
The summer before when we had the road torn up right in front of us, it was really poor, said Beth Zajicek, Ella's Deli supervisor. The summer before that when they worked on First Street, we got some of that impact also. We're looking forward to future years being much better.
Construction is scheduled to wrap up in December.