Verona Road Stage 1 Reconstruction Wins 5th Award and Best Urban Design
MADISON, WI Verona Road (USH 18/151) Stage 1 Reconstruction in Madison, Wisconsin, won the 2017 Project of the Year through AWPA Wisconsin in the Transportation category for Projects of More than $75 million. The reconstruction of the Verona Road and Beltline interchange provides economic benefits to the State of Wisconsin by significantly reducing traffic congestion in the corridor, increasing accessibility, and decreasing travel time for businesses, pedestrians, and motor vehicles.
Stage 1 consisted of reconstructing Verona Road between Raymond Road and the West Madison Beltline (Beltline) and the Beltline between Whitney Way and Todd Drive. This portion included the new Beltline/Verona Road single point urban interchange (SPUI) as well as the Summit Road jug-handle that involved construction of a roundabout directly underneath Verona Road! Construction for Stage 1 took place between 2013 and 2016.
Verona Road Wins Best Urban Design
The Verona Road (USH 18/151) corridor in is an essential backbone route in the metropolitan area that carries more than $13 billion of freight annually. Stage 1 of the reconstruction project was recently chosen for the 2017 Best Urban Design by a Consultant through the Excellence in Highway Design Awards. This award submittal specifically focused on the unique Single Point Urban Interchange (SPUI) design portion of the project.
Traditional SPUI's are very effective at moving large volumes of traffic through a tight area but make pedestrian accommodations challenging. However, with innovative design modifications, the project achieved improved efficiency and safety for both pedestrian and motorized travel.