DescriptionThis planning-level project is a paved multi-use (bicycle / pedestrian) path that will extend the Capital City Trail from Interstate 39 on the southeast side of Madison to the Glacial Drumlin State Trail in the Village of Cottage Grove. It generally follows the corridor of the Union Pacific rail line, with some significant deviations. After Madison has completed the trail to I-39 this will be the final remaining gap in a continuous 140-mile path across the State. Completion of this gap is the goal of a 1996 Memorandum of Agreement between the City of Madison, City of Fitchburg, Dane County and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR). Dane County will manage the initial planning and design efforts in partnership with WDNR which is acquiring the needed properties and will direct earmarked federal planning funds to this effort. City of Madison and Village of Cottage Grove are also supporting and coordinating with this project.
LengthThe total length of the project is approximately 5 miles from Wagon Trail (just west of I-39) to Cottage Grove.
ScheduleConstruction is not currently scheduled, pending completion of land acquisition, planning studies and environmental investigation.
CostNo cost estimate is available at this time. Most likely, federal funds under the Transportation Enhancements (TE) program will be sought for construction.
StatusThis project has been largely on hold for the last year. Federal transportation funds allocated for planning, environmental documentation and design of this project have not been made available pending agreement between WisDOT and WDNR on procedures for property acquisition. We are optimistic that this will be resolved very soon.
Dane County Parks is the lead agency for this project, in partnership with WDNR, WisDOT and City of Madison.
For the most current information, please contact Mr. Chris James, Dane County Parks Planner at James@countyofdane.com
Updated posted 2/28/14
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