West Madison bridge to close for 7 months during replacement construction

West Madison bridge to close for 7 months during replacement construction

A west Madison bridge will be closed for seven months during replacement, state traffic officials said Thursday.

The Department of Transportation said the High Point Road bridge project begins Monday when work to replace the bridge over the Beltline begins.

High Point Road will be closed to traffic between Watts Road and D’Onofrio Drive starting Monday through the completion of the project in September. The detour route will use Mineral Point Road, South Junction Road and Watts Road.

Officials said motorists can also expect periodic nighttime lane closures on the Beltline. Full Beltline closures will be utilized on a limited basis to remove the existing bridge and set new beams. Beltline closures are planned from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. on Feb. 8-9 and Feb. 13-14. The detour route will use Mineral Point Road and Gammon Road.

The project will replace the 49-year-old High Point Road bridge reconstruct .26 miles of High Point Road between Watts Road and D’Onofrio Drive.

High Point Road will be widened to accommodate four lanes of traffic, bicycle and pedestrian facilities. Segments of Madison’s planned West Towne Path will also be constructed along High Point Road and the Beltline, according to a news release.

Overnight concrete removal scheduled for Feb. 8 and 9 is expected to create noise in the area, taffic officials said.

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