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Closure of the John Nolen Path (a.k.a. Capital City Trail) in Law Park west of the Monona Terrace

The John Nolen Path (a.k.a. Capital City Trail) in Law Park west of the Monona Terrace Convention Center will be closed for construction, possibly as soon as Tuesday, May 5, 2015. The City is completely reconstructing the path to provide new and wider pavement from North Shore Drive to the Terrace. This includes separated space for bicycles and pedestrians from Broom Street to the Terrace. This much-needed improvement is expected to take about one month, and is being scheduled in order to re-open the path prior to Bike Week, June 6-13.

During construction, no bikes or pedestrians will be permitted on the path. Users of the lake shore path in front of Monona Terrace will be able to access Law Park on foot, but there will be no designated or ADA accessible route through the Park. The bike elevator in Monona Terrace will continue to operate and be accessible to or from the path to the east. There will not be a marked detour as it is assumed that bicyclists and pedestrians will choose the alternative on-street route that best serves their needs.

We realize that this will be a major inconvenience for many path users but there is no feasible alternative given the dimensions of the Park and the major construction involved. We appreciate your patience and we are confident that the new, wider path will be worth the temporary inconvenience. For additional information on this project, please contact Tony Fernandez in City Engineering at (608) 266-9219 or