West District Blotter: Verona Road Construction

The next phase of the Beltline/Verona Road construction project will begin this coming Monday (February 24). This phase will entail reconstruction of Verona Road from the Beltline to Raymond Road. This will involve some lane closures and other changes to normal traffic flow. Access to businesses in the area will be maintained, but those who are able should consider the use of alternate routes to avoid delays and congestion.

If you drive through this area, particularly during rush hours, please plan on taking extra time to get to your destination. If you choose to use an alternate route, please drive carefully and be mindful that some routes are not intended for heavy traffic or highway speeds.

Wisconsin DOT has a website dedicated to the project with more details:


Construction Updates: Beltline/Verona Road

Stage I construction on Verona Road (US 18/151), from the Beltline to Raymond Road, is scheduled to start on Monday, February 24. Initial construction work will install temporary traffic signals at the Beltline and Verona Road interchange.

Starting the week of March 10, all traffic will be shifted to the southbound lanes of Verona Road between the Beltline and Raymond Road. Two lanes will remain open to traffic in each direction. Access to area businesses and neighborhoods will remain open during construction. The public should continue to patronize area businesses in the work zone.

Know before you go
During construction, visit the project website and project Facebook page to learn about the latest traffic impacts. Commuters and through travelers are urged to plan ahead and use alternate routes to avoid expected delays.

NOTE – Weekly construction updates will start Friday, February 21. Encourage family, friends and co-workers who travel the area to sign up for email updates.

Business resources
Businesses impacted by construction are encouraged to read techniques/tools outlined in WisDOT’s “In This Together” program packet for the Verona Road Project.

If your business is located within the work zone, help your business not only survive, but thrive, during construction. Promote your business by uploading your business information to our website.
Submit your business information. (Please allow 1-3 business days for information to be added.)
Visit the project website (under Business resources) to view businesses located in the construction area.
Please be alert for crews working in the area and drive with caution through the work zones.


The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) is overseeing a multi-year reconstruction project that will improve Verona Road (US 18/151), a heavily-used highway in Fitchburg and Madison.
The project is divided into two stages:
Stage 1

  • Beltline (US 12/18), from Whitney Way to Seminole Highway
  • Verona Road, from Raymond Road to Nakoma Road

Stage 2

  • Verona Road, from County PD (McKee Road) to Raymond Road

Some construction is scheduled to start in July 2013 and continue in 2014. More information can be found under “Construction projects” to the left. Additional work to reconstruct Verona Road and the Beltline is scheduled for fall 2014 through 2019.

Visit the Project Website.

Madison Parks Winter Clothing Drive

Madison Parks Winter Clothing Drive 2014
February 14 – 23, 2014

Take HEART this Valentine’s Day and help those in need!! Madison Parks is teaming up with the Community Action Coalition for South Central Wisconsin, Inc. (CAC) to provide warm winter clothing for those in need this winter. We want your used winter coats, jackets, snow-pants, boots and gloves! Drop them off at any one of our Parks facilities:

  • John Wall Family Pavilion at Tenney Park, 402 N. Thornton Ave.
  • Vilas Park, 1602 Vilas Park Drive
  • Elver Park, 1250 McKenna Blvd
  • Odana Hills Golf Course 4635 Odana Rd.
  • Warner Park Community Recreation Center, 1625 Northport Dr.

The CAC was created in 1966 to bring our community together to help defeat poverty in the area. The coalition engages with a number of associations to improve their understanding of those that need help in our communities. By bringing awareness to the issue, the coalition works to better the lives of those in need. This is the fourth winter Madison Parks has teamed up with CAC. Thanks to the generous donations of our park patrons, we have been able to help keep hundreds of people warm as they enjoy the winter recreational activities.

If your children are outgrowing their winter clothes this season, donate by February 23rd and the clothes can be distributed throughout the remainder of this winter, and into next winter as well! It’s never too early to start preparing for the next cold season.

Help us make sure that everyone has warm winter clothing to be able to get outside and enjoy the winter fun!

Madison Parks News, February 2014

Enjoy the latest edition of the Madison Parks Newsletter! Learn more about the Mother/Son Beach Party, how you can participate in the Earth Day Challenge, the upcoming craft shows hosted in Madison Parks, the Madison Reads Leopold event and much more…..


Madison Parks Mother-Son Beach Party

Madison Parks Mother-Son Beach Party
A night of dancing and fun with Madison area Mothers and Sons

(Madison, WI)- Madison Parks will host the third annual Mother-Son Beach Party on Friday, March 7, 2014 from 6-8pm at the Warner Park Community Recreation Center.

With the cold winter temperatures not letting up and Spring Break feels like it is a million years away, the Madison Parks Mother-Son Beach Party will be a great opportunity for moms (or adult loved ones) and their sons to get out of the cold and experience the tropics. Warner Park Community Recreation Center will be transformed into a tropical beach where moms and their sons can dance, play games and just spend some quality time together! The couples will also have the opportunity to get their picture taken together as a way to remember the night. The Beach Party will feature a live DJ and will have delicious cake and punch for the mother-son duos.

“The Mother/Son Beach Party is a great way to combat Cabin Fever,” says Superintendent of the Madison Parks Division, Kevin Briski. “Madison Parks invites mothers and sons to dress up in their beach clothes and join us on the dance floor.”

Tickets may be purchased over the phone (608) 245-3690 or (608) 266-4711 or in person at the Warner Park Community Recreation Center, 1625 Northport Drive and Parks Administration office, 210 MLK Jr., Suite 104 during hours of operation. Tickets will be available until February 28 or until the event sells out. Tickets are $15 per couple and $5 for each additional son.

Space is limited, so be sure to buy your tickets early. Last year’s event sold out!!

For more information visit the website at https://www.cityofmadison.com/parks/celebrate/mothersonluau.cfm

To see pictures of last year’s Mother/Son Beach Party, visit: