Madison, WI November 25, 2013–Those of you who travel Midvale Boulevard and Verona Road or the West Beltline Highway (HIghways 12 & 18 & 151) on Madison’s near SW side are aware of the massive reconstruction and reconfiguration of the Verona Road/Hwy 151 interchange that began this summer. The project of the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WIDOT), is expected to last 6 years. Click here for a link to information about the project and upcoming public information meetings.
The popular and influential watershed and environmental watchdog blog, The Contractor Report, tells us that all is not well with the early stages of the project. This current work involves the removal and recycling of asphalt and concrete. Recycling concrete may be a good thing but in this case it is producing wind-borne silica dust that blows into the nearby residential neighborhood.
Other site deficiencies include incomplete erosion prevention measures, tracking of soil into the streets, and unprotected storm water drains. For fuller reporting and photos of this issue see the blog post, “A Tar Sands Mine in Madison??, on The Contractor Report.