MIDDLETON (WKOW) -- Wisconsin's Department of Transportation plans to begin construction in March to make the median shoulder area suitable for use as an extra traffic lane at peak travel times, according to Shawn Stauske, Middleton Public Works Director/City Engineer
The “Flex Lane” will run between Verona Road (U.S. 18/151) and the I-39/90 interchange, and is intended to open in late 2021 or early 2022.
The shoulder travel lanes would typically be open during peak periods to safely and efficiently improve travel reliability between Whitney Way and the Interstate. READ MORE HERE.
What is Flex Lane or Part-time Shoulder Use?
Part-time Shoulder Use is recognized as a safe, sustainable and reliable way to alleviate congestion. It is already used in at least 17 other states, according to the Wisconsin DOT.
The concept allows vehicle traffic on the paved shoulders during peak travel times. Changeable message signs located above the lanes are used to indicate when the shoulder is available for use.
This project is built within the existing footprint of the Madison Beltline.