The Verona Road corridor is a highly urbanized corridor serving the cities of Madison, Fitchburg, and Verona.  The West Madison Beltline is a limited access freeway that circles the southern perimeter of Madison.  Both corridors have experienced dramatic traffic growth leading to congestion and operational concerns.

Strand was hired by the Wisconsin Department of Transportation as the lead design firm for the reconstruction of the Verona Road corridor and adjacent West Madison Beltline.

Improvements to the corridor include:

  • Converting an existing diamond interchange to a single point interchange at Verona Road and the West Madison Beltline.
  • Adding a grade-separated roundabout intersection beneath Verona Road in combination with a jug handle intersection to the local road system.
  • Adding a diamond interchange at Verona Road and Williamsburg Way.
  • Adding a single point interchange at Verona Road and McKee Road.
  • Reconstructing nearly 2 miles of Verona Road and adding lanes (capacity) to the roadway.
  • Reconstructing approximately 1 mile of the West Madison Beltline and adding lanes (capacity) to the Beltline.
  • Reconstructing more than 4 miles of the adjacent local road system.
  • Reconstructing eight outlying intersections anticipated for use as diversion routes during construction.
  • Designing many significant bridges and structures, including a steel straddle-bent structure on Verona Road over a roundabout, a 300-foot-long by 20-foot-wide pedestrian underpass, two pedestrian overpasses, multiple steel and concrete bridges, multiple mechanically stabilized retaining walls, and multiple absorptive sound walls.

The project also included the design of an adaptive signal control system for traffic diversion during construction at 14 local intersections, multiple real estate plats for acquisition from nearly 100 parcels, multiple stormwater detention basins, bioretention basins, nearly 20 miles of storm sewer improvements, and extensive Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) deployments, including dynamic message signs, microwave radar detection, bluetooth readers, closed circuit cameras, and wireless radio technologies.  The project includes updated pedestrian and bicycle facilities and coordination with adjacent communities to add plantings, murals, and community art within the project.

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