POSTED Monday, July 14, 2014-- 5:50 p.m.
"When we're done we're going to grind it smooth so it's like brand new," says Wisconsin DOT project manager, David Layton.
It's half way there-- two of the biggest projects Wisconsin DOT says the Madison area has seen in years.
"It's been a long time coming, a lot of meetings and coordination with everybody," says Wisconsin DOT project supervisor for the Verona Road Project, John Steiner.
"The section of concrete pavement from fish hatch to the interstate was actually built in the late 80s, and we virtually haven't touched it since then," says Layton.
That's one project-- the $23 million resurfacing of the east piece of the Beltline from Fish Hatchery to the interstate.this week, near Park street, there are lane splits. Westbound lanes are split with two lanes to the left of the work zone and one lane to the right.
"It's a new technique we've been doing to leave room to get the work done that we need to do but also leave three lanes of traffic open in each direction," says Layton.
And Verona Road, the.6 mile stretch costing $28 million, is heading into stage 2 this week.
"It needed to be more than 4 lanes. It's up to 6 lane highway because future traffic projection is up to 65,000 to 70,000 cars," says Steiner.
The transition kicks off Wednesday night at 8:00 p.m. By 10:00 a.m. Thursday, traffic will be shifted to the new northbound lanes between the Beltline and Raymond Road. Two lanes will remain open to traffic in each direction on Verona road.
"Be alert and attentive to what's going on," says Steiner. "We had a good first half of the project when it comes to safety and we want to finish out the second half the same way."
Both projects should be complete by November.