MADISON, Wis. - City of Madison officials say traffic signals downtown are now fully operational following a power outage from a fire and explosion at Madison Gas and Electric.
Signals had been running on generator power for some time, and others were being treated as four-way stops as crews worked to restore electricity.
The fire broke out around 7:50 a.m. at the substation at 722 E. Main Street. Many roads in a two-block radius of the fire site are closed.
East Washington Avenue, a main artery of travel in Madison, was one road closed as a result of the fire. It has since reopened, but the Madison Police Department is asking people to avoid driving downtown if possible.
Madison Gas and Electric employees are specifically asking people to avoid the areas surrounding East Washington Avenue, East Main Street, South Livingston Street and South Blount Street.
Officers doing best to maintain some flow, but many traffic snarls currently throughout Isthmus. pic.twitter.com/Aew0T2uIn6— Madison Police (@madisonpolice) July 19, 2019
Madison Metro Transit tweeted that buses are now operating normally through the area but encouraged passengers to avoid traveling through the area if possible.
E. Washington Ave. has opened and buses are now operating normally through the area, however MPD and Metro staff continue to encourage passengers to avoid traveling through the area if possible.— Metro Transit (@mymetrobus) July 19, 2019
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