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Crane teardown to close traffic on W. Gilman St. 3 days

Crane teardown to close traffic on W. Gilman St. 3 days

Removing a piece of construction equipment from a downtown Madison area will close West Gilman Street three days next week. 

The Madison Traffic Engineering and Parking Divisions said in a release Thursday that beginning Monday at 7 a.m. JH Findorff and its subcontractors will disassemble a tower crane for The Hub housing project.

Taking down the crane will require closing through traffic on the 400 block of West Gilman Street between University Avenue and State Street through Wednesday afternoon. 

During the closure on West Gilman Street, two-way traffic from North Broom Street to residences and businesses on the east end of the 400 block of West Gilman Street will be permitted, the city's traffic engineering division said.  

City officials: Expect slower morning commute despite extra crews

City officials: Expect slower morning commute despite extra crews

Monday morning's commute may be slower than normal as snow continues to fall throughout the Madison area and city crews are out plowing.

The Streets Division had crews out all Saturday night on salt routes, with two trucks sanding residential streets at hills, curve and intersections, according to a release.

Thirty-two drivers will come in at noon on Sunday and work through the afternoon and evening, officials said. Crews will be applying salt on salt routes as long as temperatures allow.

"Temperatures are forecast to drop, so we will be switching to sand at some time this evening," the Sunday release said.

Most main streets should be in good winter driving conditions, but there will be a lot of blowing snow in open areas, officials said.

"We are going to be paying close attention to areas that are prone to blowing and drifting snow, but drivers should use caution," the release said.

Bus service reduced for Christmas Eve, Day

Bus service reduced for Christmas Eve, Day

Madison Metro will have reduced service hours next week due to the holidays.

The city of Madison posted a reminder Thursday that the buses will follow regular weekday schedules on Wednesday, Christmas Eve, but service will end early with the last trips of the day between 5 and 6:30 p.m. 

Buses will follow the holiday schedule Christmas Day, Thursday. 

For online guides, visit www.cityofmadison.com/metro/schedules/Holidays/index.cfm

More information is also available through the Metro customer service center at 608-266-4466.

Annual fire trucks parade this Sunday

The annual Dane County Fire Chiefs Association Fire Truck Parade will take place Sunday, Oct. 5.

This popular event is held each year to mark the beginning of Fire Prevention Week in Dane County. The parade includes more than 30 fire trucks from many of the fire departments serving communities in Dane County.

The parade begins at 1 p.m. at the end of State St. near the Library Mall. The trucks, adorned with plenty of chrome and flashing red lights, will travel up State St. to the Capitol Square.

Once at the square, the fire trucks will be on display until 3 p.m. for children of all ages to see up close. Firefighters will be available to answer questions about fire safety. This year, the fire trucks on the square will be joined by the newly-rebuilt Fire Safety House, which has been visiting area schools as part of Fire Prevention Month activities.

2.6K athletes descend to Madison for Ironman

2.6K athletes descend to Madison for Ironman

Approximately 2,600 athletes will be descending on Madison over the weekend to compete in the 2014 Ironman triathlon.

The triathlon routes feature Madison and its surrounding scenic areas, organizers said.

Ironman Wisconsin offers a $25,000 professional prize and 50 age-group qualifying slots for the 2015 Ironman, according to a release.

The triathlon starts at 7 a.m. on Sunday with a 2.4-mile swim in Lake Monona, followed by a 112-mile bike ride through rural Dane County and a 26.2-mile run through downtown Madison.

According to the release, 17 countries and 48 states will be represented in the triathlon, with 818 participants coming from Wisconsin.

Many University of Wisconsin campus and downtown streets will be closed to accommodate the biking and running portion of the race, organizers said.

A message from the MPD's Traffic Enforcement Safety Team

With the school year right around the corner, the Madison Police Department would like to remind Madison residents to slow down and obey school zone speed limits.

Watch for crossing guards and please follow their directions. Yield to pedestrians who are crossing the street and be aware of children present in the area.

Obey posted parking restrictions and park your vehicle accordingly.

The MPD considers School Zone safety a top priority and will be enforcing School Zone violations throughout the school year, to help keep children safe.

They also want to remind the public of Wisconsin State Statute 346.46 (2m) when approaching a crossing guard.

To read more about MPD rules and regulations, click here for more information.

Metro: Riders should exchange Quik Tix for passes

Metro: Riders should exchange Quik Tix for passes

The city of Madison said Metro bus passengers will have about three months to exchange paper Quik Tix for a new pass due to an upgrade in equipment beginning next month.

Madison said in a release Thursday that Metro Transit will install new fareboxes on all fixed-route buses in August. The new system will accept cash and Metro fare items, but paper Quik Tix will not longer be valid as of Oct. 31.

The city said passengers are asked to trade in existing Quik Tix for two-ride or 10-ride cards.