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Construction begins on Highway 14 stretch with fatal accident history

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 MADISON (WKOW) -- Construction began Thursday on Highway 14 near Wisconsin Heights High School to make safety upgrades to a stretch of road that's seen five fatal accidents in a recent, ten year period.

Wisconsin Department of Transportation project manager Matt Dapp says a turn lane into the school property from the two lane highway will be created, and the school's now separate entrance and exit from Highway 14 will be combined into one, access point.

The final, fatal victim of the ten year period ending in 2012 was student teacher Katie Binning. Authorities say her sedan was rear-ended by a semi-truck as she tried to access the school property in May 2012.

Wisconsin Heights schools administrator Mark Elworthy says statistics show a quarter of the accidents in the ten year period involved rear end collisions.

Elworthy says Binning's death spurred increased efforts to encourage safety changes to the highway. He says a warning light system at the boundaries of the school zone area on Highway 14 were installed in the months after Binning's fatal accident, as the process to change the roadway's lane configuration began.

"We appreciate the work on everybody's part to get it done in two years," Elworthy says. "That's a pretty quick turnaround in terms of transportation construction."

Dapp says the construction work should be complete before the school terms begins in September.

 

 

 

 

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