DescriptionThis project is a bicycle / pedestrian bridge over Beltline Highway and its frontage road, located between Todd Drive and Fish Hatchery Road. It includes paved asphalt path approaching the bridge beginning south of the Beltline at Greenway View (the north end of the Cannonball Phase 1 project completed in 2011). The paved path will initially extend approximately 1000 feet north of Beltline. Discussions are under way to extend the path to Fish Hatchery Road shortly after the Phase 3 project has been completed.
This bridge is the key piece of the overall 4+ mile Cannonball Path, a major new commuter route linking areas of Fitchburg and Arbor Hills neighborhood with downtown Madison. The overall Cannonball Path project is a joint effort between Madison and Fitchburg, with land acquisition partially funded by Wisconsin Department of natural Resources. Madison is the lead agency for the Phase 3 project, which will be constructed by WisDOT and partially funded under the SMIP program with Federal Enhancement funds. When completed, the path will connect neighborhoods with parks, schools, major conservancy areas as well as retail, commercial and employment centers. It also connects to the Capital City Trail, Southwest Path, Military Ridge Trail and Badger State Trail, making it a key component of the regional network of paths for recreation as well as transportation.
For more information: please see the Overall Exhibits (PDF).
LengthThe total length of the project is 3100 feet of which approximately 750 feet will be structure over the Beltline and frontage roads.
The continuation to Fish Hatchery Road be done as a separate project, most likely in 2014. It will add approximately 2600 feet of path for an overall length of 1.1 miles.
ScheduleEnvironmental investigation and documentation will be completed in early-2012. Final design will then proceed, with letting in late-2012. Construction will likely begin in early-2013 with completion by the fall of 2013.
CostThe total estimated construction cost for this phase is $3.6 Million, including engineering and contingencies. Of this, approximately $2.03 Million will be Federal Enhancement funds and the remainder will be City of Madison funds. Land for the entire 4+ mile project was acquired from the Union Pacific Railroad in 2008 for $2.4 Million, which included $1.2 Million from Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources under their Stewardship Program.
StatusProject has been let by WisDOT for construction to Edward Kraemer & Sons. Construction is expected to begin in late-March, 2013 and be completed this year.
Final design was completed by by SEH Inc. the consultant for the City of Madison.
A Public Information Meeting was held Wednesday, December 14, 2011 at Leopold Elementary School. Staff from the City of Madison and their design consultant presented preliminary plans and received comments. It was attended by approximately 45 people, including design staff, District 14 Alder Tim Bruer and representatives of Fitchburg and WisDOT. Exhibits from the meeting are available here.
Most of those attending expressed support for the project with the major concerns or questions involving:
- Some opposed to new lighting, especially where existing lighting from other sources is sufficient
- Several requested completion of sidewalk on south frontage road from Coho St to west of Kayser Ford and/or bike lanes on the north frontage road to Fish Hatchery Road
- Several stressed importance of continuing the path to and across Fish Hatchery Road following the current project
- Many urged completion of the remainder of the Cannonball path to the west
We welcome and encourage additional comments.
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