JESSICA ARP: the dot will make changes to beltline
construction after drivers complained that short on-ramps
were unsafe :17
COMPLAINTS AND CRASHES PILING UP.
IT ILLUSTRATES THE DANGERS.
OF A BELTLINE CONSTRUCTION PROJECT.
-- ERIC --
THE D-O-T SAYS IT'S HEARD THOSE COMPLAINTS AND WILL
NEW AT TEN, NEWS THREE'S JESSICA ARP SHARES MORE ON
BEING DONE TO MAKE ON-RAMPS SAFER.
THE D-O-T HAS BEEN DOING RESURFACING WORK AND BUILDING
SOUND BARRIERS ALONG THE BELTLINE FOR THE LAST FEW
BUT AFTER A NUMBER OF CRASHES AND COMPLAINTS FROM
THESE ON-RAMPS ARE GOING TO CHANGE.
NATS DRIVING UP ONTO MIN PT RAMP CLIP 31
DRIVE UP THE RAMP FROM MINERAL POINT TO THE BELTLINE...
AND SIGNS WILL WARN YOU TO SLOW DOWN....
34;21 NATS CAR DRIVING UP, THEN STOPPING CLIP 62
WATCH THE SAME RAMP FROM A FLIPPED VIEW...
AND YOU'LL SEE DRIVERS.
LET NAT PLAY WHILE TRUCK ALMOST REAR-ENDS
NEARLY GETTING REAR-ENDED AS THEY TRY TO MERGE INTO
25;12 it feels like its unsafe
MARTY CABAN DRIVES THE BELTLINE DAY AND NIGHT FOR
HIS TWO JOBS...
HE SAYS DRIVERS DON'T KNOW HOW TO RESPOND AT THE RAMPS
AT MINERAL POINT AND OLD SAUK ROADS
if they're too scared theyre going to stop and youre
sitting there waiting, and then cars creep on one
at a time :28 and thats not cool :32 but then theres
other peopel that fly on there and in towo lanes,
its like woah :35 so its dangerous
MADISON POLICE SAY SINCE MAY FIRST.
THERE HAVE BEEN 10 CRASHES AT THE BELTLINE AND MINERAL
12 AT THE BELTLINE AND OLD SAUK ROAD.
NEWS THREE ASKED THE D-O-T WHY THE RAMPS WERE DESIGNED
THIS WAY IN THE FIRST PLACE.
safety and mobility are always a primary concern for
us on our construction zones but we obviously have
to balance those with the ability to get the work
done :01 so its following state and national standards
THE D-O-T IS NOW WORKING WITH CONTRACTORS TO LENGTHEN
AND GIVE CARS MORE TIME TO MERGE.
we pay close attention to whats going on in the work
zone and make adjustments as needed to help improve
any safety issues we see as they arise
TO GET THAT WORK DONE.
THE D-O-T WILL CLOSE THE NORTH AND WEST BOUND RAMP
TO OLD SAUK ROAD FOR THE ENTIRE WEEKEND AUGUST 15
THROUGH THE 17TH...
AND THEN THE FOLLOWING WEEK...
CLOSE THE SOUTH AND EAST BOUND OLD SAUK RAMP FOR THREE
AND PROVIDE DETOURS AROUND IT.
JESSICA STANDARD OUT.