Traffic lights to remain out for days at University Avenue, Branch Street in Middleton following crash

MIDDLETON, Wis. — The traffic lights at the intersection of University Avenue and Branch Street in Middleton are expected to be out for a significant period of time following a crash Tuesday morning, the Middleton Police Department said.

Police said the incident occurred just after 1:50 a.m. Tuesday morning. A 21-year-old man from New Glarus reportedly left the road and hit a traffic light control box, trees and a building.

Police said the driver was found running northbound on Branch Street and taken into custody. He faces a charge of second-offense operating while intoxicated.

Because of the damage to the control box, the lights at the University and Mendota avenues intersection are inoperable.

In a Facebook post, police said the lights will likely be out for an extended period of time — at least through the end of the week — due to supply chain issues.

Stop signs have been put in place to make the intersection a four-way stop, but police are asking drivers to avoid the area if possible.

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