County Road M project will allow westbound PD drivers to avoid signal
MADISON, Wis. — While the construction equipment may be lying dormant for the winter, its presence is a sign that things are changing along County Highway M , a major thoroughfare connecting Madison’s west side with Verona.
It’s on County Highway PD, however, where drivers will notice one of the biggest changes.
The planned intersection is different than most; instead of a traditional four-way intersection, it will allow drivers heading west on PD to skip the traffic signal entirely if they’re headed straight. Instead, drivers will veer off to the right and go underneath Highway M using an underpass.
Drivers headed west on PD but wishing to turn left or right onto M will use the at-grade intersection as normal. Drivers headed east on PD and north or south on M will use the intersection as normal.
City officials hope that with increased growth, largely fueled by Epic and other projects within Verona, the design will relieve significant traffic issues at the intersection by removing just enough cars from the equation.
“It pulls out enough traffic so that the regular intersection can work at a good level,” City of Madison Engineer Chris Petykowski said. “It should mean that the backups that drivers are currently experiencing and are quite frustrated with should be no longer.”
The project is set to be completed in November 2019. For more information, visit the City of Madison’s website .
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