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Verona Road construction

Looking south from Williamsburg Way, construction work proceeds parallel to existing lanes, upper right, on Verona Road in Fitchburg in June 2017.

Motorists and businesses on Verona Road should expect another busy construction season as work on a massive rebuild of the busy corridor enters its final two seasons.

Work on the Verona Road reconstruction project started in 2013 to improve the flow of traffic and business access over a stretch of the busy highway that runs through parts of Madison and Fitchburg. The $283 million project is scheduled to be completed in the fall of 2020.

Work for the season is expected to begin in March.

“It’s going to be a busy year,” said Cindy Jaggi, project manager of the Verona Road Business Coalition.

This year, work should be finished at the intersection with Raymond Road and the southbound Verona Road interchange ramp near Williamsburg Way, said Wisconsin Department of Transportation spokesman Steve Theisen. Verona Road will then be expanded to three lanes in each direction between Raymond Road and McKee Road.

Work on a bridge over Verona Road at Williamsburg Way will also start this spring, he said.

Crews will build two bridges this spring to raise Verona Road 25 feet over McKee Road.

Motorists should expect traffic shifts, reduced speed limits, turn lane restrictions, some night work and occasional overnight lane closures, Theisen said.

Already, workers have finished adding a third lane to the Beltline from Verona Road to Whitney Way and a new interchange. Other improvements include a new intersection at Atticus Way.

When completed, the corridor will also include new interchanges, improvements to cross-roads and bridges for vehicles, pedestrians and bikes. McKee Road will also get a third lane in both directions from Commerce Park Drive to Hard Rock Road.

“We look forward to these road construction projects being completed and the positive impact it will have on the region,” Jaggi said.

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Chris Aadland is a general assignment reporter for the Wisconsin State Journal.