The long-awaited Cannonball Path Phase 3 bridge over Beltline Highway, just west of Fish Hatchery Road is open for use as of October 24. This new, four-span arched bridge carries bicyclists and pedestrians over the Beltline and both the north and south frontage roads, providing a safe (and fun!) alternative to the Fish Hatchery Road interchange. The bridge is also the key segment of the overall Cannonball Path project, which consists of more than four miles of paved shared-use (bicycle and pedestrian) path connecting neighborhoods in Fitchburg and Madison south of the Beltline with central Madison. Currently over 1.6 miles of path is paved, beginning at the Capital City Trail in Fitchburg and extending to the north Beltline frontage road. Contracts are in place and work has begun on the remaining length, including a new bridge over McKee Road (CTH PD). When completed next year the path will connect to the Military Ridge State Trail, Capital City Trail, Badger Trail and the Southwest path. Plans are being developed for the northward extension to Fish Hatchery Road and ultimately to the Wingra Path.
Many have asked about a ribbon cutting. Nothing was planned for this year because of the uncertainty about the opening date and the lateness of the season. Next year we will be able to hold a big celebration, encompassing the full length of the project and recognizing the communities, governmental agencies, neighborhoods, citizens and builders who have contributed to this great new addition to the metro area's bike and pedestrian network.
For more information please contact Tony Fernandez in City Engineering.