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Crews adding barrier to Hwy 30 to prevent crossover crashes

MADISON (WKOW) — You may see some traffic changes on Highway 30 in Madison, as crews work to improve safety on the road.

The state will install a barrier in the median from Thompson Drive to Fair Oaks Avenue, to keep cars from crossing into oncoming traffic.

In February 2017, a speeding car crossed into oncoming traffic on Hwy. 30, hit another head on, and killed a couple.

“Here was a case of an accident that probably could have been prevented had people been abiding by the rules of the road,” said Dane County Sheriff Dave Mahoney.

Mahoney says there had been a significant increase in crashes in that area.

So last year, his traffic team started increasing patrols, handing out tickets for speeding, drinking and seat belt violations.

He says it worked.

“People began talking to their neighbors about that stretch of highway having increased presence of law enforcement, writing tickets, zero tolerance. As a result it garnered more voluntary compliance,” Mahoney said.

The sheriff is hoping the addition of the barrier, together with continued patrols, will make the road safer.

Meanwhile, the sheriff’s office is focusing on traffic safety more than ever, during National Police Week. The traffic team will patrol the county for people who don’t move over for officials. They’ll hand out tickets to anyone who violates the Move Over Law.

Jennifer Kliese

Weekend Anchor and Reporter, 27 News

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