The Dane County Sheriff’s Office wants to inform motorists of possible traffic delays on Highway 12/18 (Beltline) on Friday, April 11th.

The Sheriff’s Office would ask motorists that can avoid Highway 12/18 near the Park Street, Rimrock Road, and John Nolan exits on Friday morning to do so.

The annual Midwest Horse Fair begins Friday morning at the Alliant Energy Center. Hundreds of spectators and exhibitors will be arriving during the height of the morning commute, and authorities expect east and westbound lanes of the Beltline to be congested.

For motorists traveling to the event, entrance to the Alliant Energy grounds can be made via three gates; the Olin Avenue gate, the Rusk Avenue gate, and the main gate on Rimrock Road. To allow for Horse Fair participants to get on to Alliant Energy grounds efficiently, one lane of outbound John Nolen will be closed, as well as one outbound (south) lane of Rimrock Road. Law enforcement will be directing traffic at the main gate, Rimrock Road/Rusk Avenue intersection, and the John Nolan Drive/Rimrock Road intersection. Signs will be placed along the Beltline to help direct motorists.

As always, the Dane County Sheriff’s Office Freeway Service truck will be on the Beltline to respond to any traffic related issues causing delays.

The Midwest Horse Fair continues throughout the weekend. As always, please remember to travel at an appropriate speed and buckle up!