Vision Zero dropping speed limit on part of Old Sauk Rd. starting Monday

MADISON, Wis. — Drivers in Madison will have to slow down on another stretch of road starting Monday.

As of September 12, the speed limit on less than a mile of Old Sauk Rd. between Westfield Rd. and the Beltline will drop from 35 mph to 30 mph. As with other Vision Zero speed limit reductions around the city, digital signboards will line the stretch of road to remind drivers of the lower limit, and permanent signs will also reflect the change.

This is the latest reduction brought on by the city’s Vision Zero program, which is aiming to reduce the number of traffic-related injuries and deaths across Madison. The most recent change came to about 2.5 miles of Mineral Point Rd. between S. Whitney Way and the Beltline, with speed limits there dropping from 40 mph to 35 mph. That stretch of road was the site of a fatal crash involving a bicyclist earlier this year.

Those in charge of the Vision Zero program say in the first half of this year, they have seen traffic crashes drop 5% across the city compared to the same timeframe last year, while traffic fatalities and serious injuries are down 29% year-over-year.

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Two more speed limit changes are scheduled for Madison before the end of the year, with Portage Rd. between E. Washington Ave. and Hanson Rd. dropping from 30 mph to 25 mph and Segoe Rd. from University Ave. to Odana Rd. also being reduced from 30 mph to 25 mph.

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