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Sheriff’s office adds patrols for homecoming weekend

The Rock County Sheriff’s Office will be adding additional patrol deputies to the roads during Homecoming this weekend, according to a release.

Deputies will be dedicated to patrolling roadways and areas that can be hazardous for young and inexperienced drivers, officials said. They will also be enforcing traffic and alcohol violations.

The leading cause of violent traffic deaths for teenagers is motor vehicle crashes, according to the release.

“It is our intent to be proactive in hopes of preventing any unfortunate events and to see that their homecoming night is safe and enjoyable,” the release said.

Rock County Sheriff Bob Spoden said he wants to encourage parents and guardians to talk with their teenagers about the importance of using seat belts, adhering to traffic laws and to reinforce safe driving habits.

Janesville residents to vote on $1.2 million road referendum

Janesville residents to vote on $1.2 million road referendum

Bumpy roads and broken pavement have become the new normal for the city of Janesville. But with 300 miles of roadways and 10 percent of them in failing condition, city officials say it's time for a change.

"The citizens have asked that the streets be addressed. Yes, we do spend money every year through our operating budget and our borrowing, but the pace that we are keeping up with, the streets are falling behind," said Tim Allen, city finance director.

City funds only allow for repair of 6 miles of roadway each year. The city is now looking to double that number. Residents will have the chance to vote on a $1.2 million annual referendum in November.

Allen said because of state-imposed levy limits, more cities are looking at citizens for additional funding.

Annual motorcycle event raises thousands for muscular dystrophy

The 20th annual Muscular Dystrophy Association Tub Run, a charitable fundraising motorcycle ride, returns Saturday in Janesville. 

The 90-mile motorcycle ride, presented by the South Central Wisconsin Janesville Harley Owners Group, Kutter Harley-Davidson and the Muscular Dystrophy Association, begins at Kutter on North Pontiac Drive in Janesville at noon, organizers said. 

The Tub Run also includes a poker run, live music, pork barbecue, camping, bike games, a silent auction and steak dinner presented by Texas Roadhouse.  

Janesville police said motorists should expect traffic disruptions because of the motorcycle riders from about noon to 12:30 Saturday. Traffic flow on Highway 14 and other roadways in the area near North Pontiac Drive, Ruger Avenue and South Wright Road will aslo be affected. 

Food trucks get green light in Janesville

Food trucks get green light in Janesville

Chad Measner has been confined to selling food from private parking lots since he opened his food truck last November.

Under a new ordinance passed by the Janesville City Council Monday, Measner will be able to take his business on the road to public and private areas.

"I think it's going to be huge. We are ready to start first and second shifts seven days a week," said Measner, owner of South Padre Streetfood.

Under the new rules, vendors will have to stay 200 feet away from restaurants and city events. Food trucks would operate between the hours of 8-3 a.m.

Licensed ice cream trucks will be allowed to sell items in neighborhoods from 8 a.m. to dusk, with a 9 p.m. curfew in other areas except downtown.

"It will be similar to other cities, bringing people downtown. Seeing what the downtown has to offer. So, I see it as just one more step in the process to reinvigorate our downtown," Janesville City Council President DuWayne Severson said.

Bi-county task force to focus on Hwy. 26 during construction

Bi-county task force to focus on Hwy. 26 during construction

Two area counties have paired up to enforce traffic safety along a shared highway corridor. 

he Jefferson County Sheriff's Office said Wednesday that it had formed a two-county traffic safety task force with area agencies to focus on Highway 26 along with the Rock County Sheriff's Office, town of Milton and village of Johnson Creek police. 

Jefferson County Capt. Duane Scott said the task force, funded by grants, will patrol Highway 26 in Jefferson and Rock counties during construction in the summer months.

"As the (Highway) 26 construction has continued, we have seen an increase in crashes and speeding violations as the project has gone forward," Scott said. "The Bureau of Transportation Safety brought (multiple area) agencies together with some funding to see if we can make a difference this summer."

DOT to hold meeting about Hwy. 14 corridor

State officials are looking to continue planning for one of the major highways leading south of Madison.

Although Hwy. 14 has seen many improvement projects in the past decade, officials are looking for more feedback on preservation plans for the road south of Hwy. 92 to the interstate near Janesville.

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation will hold a meeting with the public to discuss the current study from 4-7 p.m. Wednesday, at J.C. McKenna Middle School in Evansville, 307 S. First St... Read More

Edgerton high schooler wins car through safety program

Edgerton high schooler wins car through safety program

An Edgerton High School senior was the winner of a car Thursday as part of a campaign to keep teens safe on the road.

Julia Snell was the excited winner of a 2010 Chevrolet Cobalt at the Rock County chapter of Operation Click, a peer-enforced driver monitoring program aimed at reducing fatalities from crashes involving teen operators.

VIDEO: Watch as teen wins car

Snell was the sixth student from a Rock County school to choose a key and attempt to start the red sedan, valued at $10,000, provided by Burtness Chevrolet of Orfordville.

In addition to Edgerton High School, students from Parker and Craig schools in Janesville, Evansville and Orfordville high schools were at the banquet Thursday in Janesville.