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This project is a paved multi-use (bicycle / pedestrian) path between Commercial Avenue and Roth Street on land controlled by Oscar Mayer Company under a long-term lease. It is located just west of their main plant on the north side of Madison. A small extension is under consideration that will extend the route to Aberg Avenue, in line with O’Neill Avenue. This is a small but important project that will connect to streets with bike lanes and other low-volume, “bike-friendly” streets. It links north side neighborhoods to the rest of the City’s bike network while avoiding a portion of Sherman Avenue that is not suitable for most bikers. It partially meets the goals of the larger “Sherman Flyer” path, which is on hold due to inability to acquire key property from the Union Pacific Railroad. Oscar Mayer is cooperating to make a corridor available for the path and assist in discussions with the owner of the property.

The total length of the project is 0.54 miles, of which 575 feet is on-street and the remainder separate paved multi-use path.

Construction is currently scheduled for late-2011, pending resolution of property issues.

The total estimated construction cost is $210,000. No estimate is available for land costs.

The City of Madison is currently designing the path and working with Oscar Mayer on terms and conditions for use of the land.

Public Works Contract
Contract Number: 6301

Public Comments
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Posted: 09/09/2014
Is there an update on this project and the additional connectors?

I commute from the villa tap area to the capital square. Right now, I either ride down sherman to Johnson, or sherman to tenney park, then finally hop on the bike path.

Although sherman now has bike lanes, I do not feel safe riding in the street, especially during rush hour.

Are there future plans to safely connect the Northside to the bike system and downtown? I feel the Northside has very limited options and is perhaps a bit ignored when planning and prioritizing path construction.


City Staff Response:
This Oscar mayer path is on hold indefinitely.  After an initial positive response from Kraft Foods (parent company to Oscar Mayer) they decided they did not want to work with us on this connection. We have also had plans for many years to build a major path from E. Johnson St to the North side, which we refer to as the "Sherman Flyer" That project has also been on hold becuase it would require some easements from the rail property owned by Union Pacific Railroad, which has been unwilling to discuss. The pending acquisition of the Union Pacific property by Wisconsin Department of Transportation may revive the possibility of theSherman Flyer. We recognize that the North side is not well connected to our path network and continue to look for possible solutions.