50 discuss Verona Road construction

Intersections near McKee, Williamsburg up for debate
Scott Girard

If you go
What: Verona Road public forum on McKee intersection
When: 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 19
Where: Fitchburg fire station
Info: Visit projects.511wi.gov


Fifty people filled a conference room at the Fitchburg Public Library last Wednesday night to hear about and share thoughts on Stage 2 of the Verona Road construction project.

Stage 2, which will consist of construction between Raymond Road and McKee Road/Hwy. PD and at the intersections, is expected to begin in 2017.

While a new single-point interchange at PD -- an underpass -- has been decided on, other projects that are part of Stage 2 remain open to options, and attendees questioned the engineers and contractors on those options, on both Williamsburg Way and west of Verona Road on Hwy. PD.

The Williamsburg-Verona intersection will be converted to a diamond interchange, with Verona Road traveling underneath

Williamsburg Way, meaning the intersection at Williamsburg Way and Anton Drive also needs a change.
Engineers are considering both signalized and single-lane roundabout option.

Discussion at the public meeting leaned toward the roundabout, and Joe Bunker, a consultant design leader from Strand Engineering, indicated the roundabout came with fewer questions for engineers, as well.

The change to the single-point interchange at Verona Road and Hwy. PD also leads to a consideration of three options for PD west of Verona Road:

• Signalized U-turn
• Freeflow U-turn
• Fitchrona Road extension

The changes are necessary because there will no longer be an option to turn left from Kapec Road onto PD, planners explained.

Both U-turn options would allow semi-trucks and school buses enough room to make the turn, Bunker pointed out, alleviating some concerns.

A PDQ representative expressed concern over the options at both sites, as PDQ will lose a right turn in from PD at one location, and faces possible backup in its parking lot on Williamsburg Way at another location.

Strand representatives said they were doing their best to work with the local businesses when other residents also questioned how the construction and changes could affect traffic getting to those businesses or people going to work.

Planners also gave an update on Stage 1, which included replacing the Seminole Highway bridge that reopened Nov. 14.

The stage also includes working on Verona Road between Raymond Road and Nakoma Road and adding lanes to the Beltline between Whitney Way and Seminole Highway.

That work is expected to be completed by 2016, and it will be broken into three phases.

Officials will hold another public meeting Thursday, Dec. 19, at the Fitchburg fire station from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

For more information on the project, visit projects.511wi.gov/web/veronaroad-18-151.

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