All lanes of the eastbound Beltline reopen after three-hour protest

MONONA, Wis. — All lanes have reopened on Highway 12/18 near West Broadway after protests on Thursday.

According to a release from the state Department of Transportation, all eastbound lanes have been blocked just east of South Towne Mall in Monona due to protesters. The release said the closures began at 7:33 p.m. Dane County Dispatch said the road reopened to traffic about three hours later.

News 3 Now spoke with demonstrators at the scene, who said they are protesting over the death of Elliot Johnson. Police said the group has set up grills on the highway.

Police have asked drivers to avoid the area.