Traffic changes start Wednesday in area near Blair Street, East Washington Avenue

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MADISON, Wis. — Drivers will see a number of changes near Blair Street and East Washington Avenue beginning Wednesday as construction in the area moves ahead.

The latest traffic switch, which is being done to allow crews to work on the sanitary sewer main and replace concrete in the area, is expected to last two to three weeks, the city said in an update Tuesday. It also aims to get a head start on construction on East Washington Avenue next year.

As part of the traffic switch, drivers heading north on South Franklin Street and South Blair Street toward East Washington Avenue will only be able to make a right turn onto East Washington.

Traffic on East Washington Avenue, meanwhile, will be limited to two inbound and two outbound lanes between Blount and Hancock streets. Vehicles will not be allowed to park on East Washington Avenue between Franklin and Blair streets.

An outbound bus stop at East Washington Avenue and Blair Street will also be temporarily moved to the median.

“We’re continuing to make significant progress on this project,” City of Madison City Engineer Jim Wolfe said in a news release. “The advanced work we are now doing on E. Washington Avenue is one way we are reducing impacts of the construction. We’re hopeful this brief change in traffic will benefit everyone in the near future.”

The full construction project, which began earlier this year, involves the reconstruction of Blair Street from East Washington Avenue to John Nolen Drive as well as safety improvements to the so-called “hairball” intersection where Blair, East Wilson and Williamson streets and John Nolen Drive come together.

The full project is expected to wrap up next fall.

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