UPDATE: Construction at US-151 & I-39 set to begin March 27

By: Max Hess - Email
By: Max Hess - Email

UPDATED Wednesday, March 19, 2014 --- 3:55 p.m.

According to the project manager, road work on the I-39/90/94 bridges over US 151 in Madison has been pushed back until March 27th due to weather.

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UPDATED Tuesday, March 18, 2014 --- 1:48 p.m.

Construction is expected to begin Thursday, March 20th on the I-39/90/94 bridges over US 151 in Madison.

The northbound Interstate ramp to southbound US 151 will be closed until August. The southbound Interstate ramp to northbound US 151 will be closed too.

For northbound I-39/90/94 to southbound US 151:
-Right on exit 135B, US 151 toward Sun Prairie
-Right on exit 100, County C/Reiner Road
-Left at top of exit and cross over the highway
-Left onto southbound US 151
 
For southbound I-39/90/94 to northbound US 151:
-Right on exit 132, US 51 southbound
-Left onto WIS 30 east
-Left on Wisconsin Dells exit I-39/90/94 northbound
-Right on exit 135B, US 151 northbound to Sun Prairie
 
The southbound Interstate ramp to southbound US 151 and the northbound Interstate ramp to northbound US 151 will remain open.
 
Nighttime lane closures will occur on the Interstate and US 151.

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UPDATED Friday, March 7, 2014 --- 11:58 a.m.

Road work originally scheduled to begin the week of March 3rd on I-39/90/94 overpasses of US 151 in Madison has been postponed to the week of March 17 due to weather conditions.

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UPDATED Friday, February 28, 2014 --- 4:24 p.m.

Road work scheduled to begin the week of March 3rd on I-39/90/94 overpasses of US 151 in Madison has been postponed to the week of March 10 due to weather conditions.

According to the DOT, the project is still scheduled to be complete by September.

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Posted Tuesday, February 25, 2014 --- 10:15 p.m.

In Madison you could say there is a lot of traffic. Next week, you may be able to see a little more.

Bridge deck replacements at the intersection of I-39 and US-151 could begin as early as next week.

If weather permits, the Department of Transportation plans to begin construction next Monday.

It's the intersection near East Towne Mall.

Bob Lex from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation is the project manager.

He says they'll be working on one side at a time, and move traffic over to the side they aren't working on.

Recommended detours seem long. If you're coming from the Wisconsin Dells on your way to Sun Prairie, for example, you're recommended to get off on US-51, merge onto WI-30, then back on to I-39 and eventually on to US-151.

Another example: If you're coming from Janesville on your way to East Towne Mall, the detour would recommend you to take I-39 all the way up to Reiner Road before turning back around in the correct direction.

Lex calls it a suggested detour. "This is for trucks, obviously locals will use other routes," he said.

According to Lex, it's work that needs to be done. He explained that bridges like the ones at this specific intersection have a life span of about 30 years.

During the day, there will be three lanes open, and during the night, construction may merge it down to just one lane. At no time during the construction will all lanes be closed.

Lex did say that there will be split and more narrow lanes, reduced speed limits, and the need to watch for workers.

Large construction projects like this one require years of planning. If everything goes well, Lex says the construction will done in August.


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