Mineral Point Rd. Improvements to Begin in July

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By: 
Kevin Murphy

 

MIDDLETON–Traffic signals will be installed at Mineral Point (CTH S) and Pioneer Roads this summer during a months-long project that restricts travel on CTH S through the town of Middleton to CTH P.

CTH S will be closed to through traffic and open only to local traffic accessing residential and business driveways within the construction zone.

“If you have a way out of your neighborhood other than Mineral Point, then you must avoid the construction area,” Greggar Peterson, a Dane County Highway Department engineer, said during an April 16 informational meeting at the town of Middleton.

Residents in the Cherrywood neighborhood and those along Welcome Dr. will be among the most impacted, he said.

Through traffic will be detoured on US 12 to US 14 to CTH P. Peterson understands most motorists will know a shorter route than the detour or use a GPS to find one.

“It’s a county road we’re reconstructing so we can’t detour to any road but a county or a US highway,” he explained.

Work is expected to begin by mid-July, after the Dane County Highway Dept. completes work University Ave. in Middleton, Peterson said.

The traffic signals will be installed at the CTH S intersection with Pioneer Rd. during the latter half of the project, but the intersection will remain open throughout the summer. Medians will be added to CTH S to aid pedestrians and bicyclists crossing the 45 mph road.

CTH S will not be widen. Instead, the 11-foot-wide travel lanes will be pulverized and overlaid with new asphalt, culverts replaced, and five-foot-wide paved shoulders will function as a bike lanes.

Work will not be completed before the school year begins but restricting travel on CTH S will benefit those dropping children off at West Middleton Elementary School, Peterson said.

Construction could continue into October, he said.

To those wondering why traffic signals instead of a roundabout was being installed at CTH S and Pioneer Rd. Peterson said there wasn’t enough room due to the small cemetery located at the intersection’s northeast corner.

The county and town of Middleton will periodically report project progress on their websites, pwht.countyofdane.com/hw_engineer/projects and middletonwi.govoffice3.com.

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