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Road construction is starting on Verona Road, so expect to see plenty of orange barrels, work crews and traffic backups.

It must be spring: The orange barrels are back on Verona Road.

The massive project to widen and improve the thoroughfare on the Southwest Side starts up again Thursday night, with a traffic shift for northbound vehicles.

The Department of Transportation said the shift will be from Williamsburg Way to Raymond Road, with traffic being moved back to the new concrete pavement on the west side of the highway.

The southbound side of Verona Road was shifted last fall onto the new pavement.

“Mobilization of crews and equipment will occur this week, with minimal traffic impacts,” said Steven Theisen, communications manager for the Verona Road project.

Electronic message boards giving weekly updates start Friday and will continue throughout the 2019 work schedule on Verona Road.

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Nightly lane closures are planned on both sides of the road, between 8 p.m. and 5 a.m.

“Delays may occur during the overnight period as crews complete the traffic shift,” the DOT said.

The DOT will hold the first of four open house meetings from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the field office at 6200 Nesbitt Road, just south of Jung Garden Center.

A DOT video of work to be done this year can be viewed online at projects.511wi.gov/veronard/2019constructionvideo.

The entire Verona Road project is expected to be completed by fall of 2020.

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