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A message from the MPD's Traffic Enforcement Safety Team

With the school year right around the corner, the Madison Police Department would like to remind Madison residents to slow down and obey school zone speed limits.

Watch for crossing guards and please follow their directions. Yield to pedestrians who are crossing the street and be aware of children present in the area.

Obey posted parking restrictions and park your vehicle accordingly.

The MPD considers School Zone safety a top priority and will be enforcing School Zone violations throughout the school year, to help keep children safe.

They also want to remind the public of Wisconsin State Statute 346.46 (2m) when approaching a crossing guard.

To read more about MPD rules and regulations, click here for more information.

City council approves development on Atwood Avenue

City council approves development on Atwood Avenue

A four-story development on Atwood Avenue was unanimously approved by the Madison Planning Commission Monday night.

The project calls for 3,000 feet of retail space and about 36 apartments.

Madison city leaders reviewed the plans for the building to be built at Atwood Avenue and Dunning Street at Monday night?s city council meeting.

Alder Marsha Rummell said there are still some outstanding concerns about the project for some neighbors, but the developer has been willing to work with residents.

MPD Mounted Unit officially announces newest member

MPD Mounted Unit officially announces newest member

The newest member of the Madison Police Department?s Mounted Unit will be announced Monday at a Community Corral, according to a release.

Torres is an 8-year-old Friesian Gelding that has spent the last two months in field training with the unit, and has now earned the right to start his solo career, officials said. Torres joins the unit thanks to a private donor working in conjunction with MPD?s nonprofit organization.

In March, Jack, a veteran horse member of the unit, passed away following a short illness, according to the release. But Torres has filled the void and is ready to carry on in Jack?s footsteps.

Torres will be introduced to the public at the Community Corral from 5-7 p.m. at Vilas Park. The unit?s team members will also be available to share information and answer questions about the horses and the responsibilities of being a mounted police officer.

Metro: Riders should exchange Quik Tix for passes

Metro: Riders should exchange Quik Tix for passes

The city of Madison said Metro bus passengers will have about three months to exchange paper Quik Tix for a new pass due to an upgrade in equipment beginning next month.

Madison said in a release Thursday that Metro Transit will install new fareboxes on all fixed-route buses in August. The new system will accept cash and Metro fare items, but paper Quik Tix will not longer be valid as of Oct. 31.

The city said passengers are asked to trade in existing Quik Tix for two-ride or 10-ride cards.

Construction will close near east side intersection over weekend

Construction will close near east side intersection over weekend

The intersection of Oakridge and Atwood avenues will be closed over the weekend for sewer work, according to a release.

Contractors will start sewer work on Friday at the intersection as part of the Oakridge Avenue resurfacing project, officials said. The project will close eastbound Atwood Avenue to through traffic.

The closure is scheduled from 9:30 a.m. on Friday until 7 a.m. on Monday, according to the release.

During the closure, eastbound Atwood Avenue traffic will be detoured north on Fair Oaks Avenue to Milwaukee Street, then east to Walter Street, and then south back to Atwood Avenue, officials said. Westbound Atwood Avenue will be down to one lane at Oakridge Avenue during the project.

Officials encourage drivers to use alternate routes to avoid delays.

Near east side road will close to vehicle traffic, not bikes, pedestrians

Near east side road will close to vehicle traffic, not bikes, pedestrians

On Monday the city of Madison will begin a pilot project to close Jackson Street between Atwood Avenue and St. Paul Avenue, according to the release.

The project will close Jackson Street to through-traffic, but bike and pedestrian traffic will be allowed on Jackson Street and the bike path, officials said.

The closure is expected to last until October, and motorist are advised to use alternate routes.

Trash collection suspended Friday, returns Monday

Trash collection suspended Friday, returns Monday

There will be no refuse or recycling collection in the city of Madison on Friday due to the Independence Day holiday, officials said.

Residents who have their refuse and recycling collected on Fridays will have their material collected on Monday, according to a notice from the city Streets Division. Residents in Monday’s trash collection district will also have their material collected on the Monday.

Madison Recycling Coordinator George Dreckmann said that residents should have their material out for pickup by 7 a.m.

Dreckmann also said the holiday may cause large item service to run a day late next week.

Madison's yard waste drop off sites will also be closed on Friday. They will reopen Saturday and Sunday from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., officials said.

More information about waste services is available online at www.cityofmadison.com/streets or by phone at 246-4532 (east) or 266-4681 (west).