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Alder Lauren Cnare

Alder Lauren Cnare

Home Address:
5218 Kevins Way
Madison , WI 53714

Phone: 608-235-9179
Common Council Office:
210 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd
Room 417
Madison, WI 53703
Phone: (608) 266-4071
Fax: (608) 267-8669
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Stoughton Rd. Study Meeting Tues., Aug. 14, 5 - 7 pm at LaFollette HS

August 9, 2012 8:13 AM

Whether you've lived in District 3 or the area for a short time or a lifetime, you know that driving on Stoughton Rd. can be one of the most frustrating parts of your daily travel. Whether rush hour delays, risky intersection negotiation going to or from Farm and Fleet or maybe you've been in a crash at one of Madison's most dangerous intersection (Buckeye and 51), we all agree that something needs to be done.

Wisconsin Dept. of Transportation has been working on alternatives for Stoughton Rd. from Voges Rd. (just south of the beltline) to Hwy 19 since the turn of the century, and some of you may have been following the design ideas over the years to increase safety, improve traffic flow and boost the economic and aesthetic power of the road.

In the mid-2000s the City of Madison accepted the citizen and local elected official driven plan – the Stoughton Road Revitalization Project – as part of the city's official planning. This study addressed economic development, design guidelines and proposed ideas for what kind of road we want running through our area. I participated in the effort and it has some great ideas from citizens, business owners and planners. You can review it on the City's Web site at

The state has an elaborate process for deigning and approving roads, especially major ones like this, and recently a green light has signaled a go ahead to continue study with a full Environmental Statement (EIS).  The study is on a fast track to be completed in about 18 months, allowing the project to proceed to its next step. Whatever is chosen will take years to implement, so hang in there!

WisDOT will be holding a Public Information Meeting on Tuesday, August 14, from 5 to 7 pm at La Follette High School (712 Pflaum Rd.). It's an open house style with plenty of maps and traffic models and experts on hand at each "station" to explain each current alternative, answer questions and gather your thoughts. The goal is to take comments and refine the alternatives to develop a full proposal. There will be a brief presentation at 6 pm about the process and reviewing the history of the project. It might be familiar to many of you, but it will get all residents new and old, up to speed about the choices and process.

If you'd like to review the materials on an on-going basis, please visit DOT's Stoughton Road Web site at

If you'd like to e-mail comments, please send them to

I am a member of the Policy Advisory Committee and can carry your thoughts back to that group if you'd like to share them with by e-mail at

I hope you can be part of this process because it's one of the biggest roadway projects with one of the biggest impacts on the east side that we are likely to see in our lifetimes!

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