Local Leaders Hold Meeting on Thursday, May 27th on University Avenue Reconstruction

May 24, 2010

Will Complete Process to Make University Avenue Safer

Madison Alder Mark Clear, Dane County Supervisor Brett Hulsey, city and county engineering staff and consulting engineers will host a public meeting this Thursday on a proposed project to upgrade University Avenue from Segoe Road to Allen Boulevard. The meeting will be conducted in an open house format from 6 p.m. - 8 p.m., with a formal presentation beginning at 6:30 p.m. and will be held in the Gallery of the Erdman Building, 5105 University Avenue.

"This segment of University Avenue is in terrible condition and is unsafe for pedestrians and bicyclists. I'm very pleased to have been able to work with Supervisor Hulsey and other Dane County officials over the last two years to get a funding agreement in place to get the project moving forward," said Madison Common Council President Mark Clear, "Now it's the public's turn to look and comment on the draft upgrade plant.

This expansion will cap the effort by the City and County to bring the road up to modern, safe standards. The public will get information on safety improvements for children, walkers and cyclists. The project is scheduled for construction in 2011.

"Upgrading University Avenue will make it safer for children, neighbors, drivers, walkers and bicyclists," said Dane County Supervisor Brett Hulsey, who spearheaded efforts to get the road upgraded, "This will also create more than 50 construction jobs, which our economy needs right now."

The project would be funded with 50% federal money and 50% city and county money. The city and county added sidewalks in recent years to help children get safely to Spring Harbor Middle School, which is just off the roadway.

More information will be available soon at http://www.cityofmadison.com/engineering/universityAvenue/segoeAllen.cfm

Contact:
  • Madison Ald. Mark Clear, District 19, (608) 695-5709
  • Dane County Supv. Brett Hulsey, District 4, (608) 334-4994