Beltline lanes reopen after “slow moving barricade” of cars

Published: Sep. 24, 2020 at 7:52 PM CDT
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MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) - All eastbound lanes of the Beltline reopened late Thursday night after shutdown linked to a “slow moving barricade of cars.”

The Wisconsin Dept. of Transportation said the lane closures were due to an incident that occurred around 7:30 p.m. Thursday.

Dane County Dispatch said the slow moving procession of cars started at Verona Road and was moving eastbound past Rimrock around 8 p.m. and headed in the direction of John Nolen Drive.

The Beltline at John Nolen Drive was closed around 8:20 p.m., the DOT reported.

Around 9:00 p.m. the department reported that the Beltline at West Broadway was now closed due to the incident and upgraded the estimated duration from one hour to two hours.

Monona Police Chief Walter Ostrenga reported that protesters have the Beltline blocked just east of South Towne in Monona. Ostrenga said people there had grills set up there, advising that people avoid the area.

NBC15 News crews in the area of South Towne Drive in Monona said they saw several rows of cars with about 30 people walking in between them. They also heard people talking through a megaphone and grilling.

Around 11 p.m., the Beltline reopened in Monona.

Jazzman Brown from the organization Feeding the Youth said the incident is related to the grand jury in Louisville’s decision to not charge officers for the death of Breonna Taylor.

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