Monday, July 27, 2009 - 9:11am
Madison Mayor Dave Cieslewicz, Rep. Tammy Baldwin and city officials broke ground today on Madison's first construction project funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).
The city received $2.7 million in Recovery Act Funding to build a bike and pedestrian bridge over Aberg Avenue on Madison's east side. The bridge is a vital connection for the Starkweather Creek bike path, connecting neighborhoods to the south of Aberg Avenue to MATC and employment opportunities to the north. The project will also create an estimated 34 jobs.
"I want to thank the incredible leadership of Congresswoman Baldwin and Senators Kohl and Feingold in fighting for stimulus dollars for Madison. Their hard work is now hitting the streets at home, putting people to work on important projects for our city," Mayor Dave Cieslewicz said. "And I'm glad to say this is the beginning. I'm very confident we'll have more stimulus funded projects to announce in the coming weeks and months."
"When federal, state, and local governments work in partnership on projects such as this, everyone benefits. I know that this project using ARRA funds is just the first of many investments to reinvigorate our community and our people," said Congresswoman Baldwin.
Kohl, who secured $950,000 in federal funds for this project as part of the FY09 Transportation Appropriations Bill, said, "The Mayor has made it a priority to keep Madison's neighborhoods connected, and this project reflects that commitment. This bridge is an investment in the community's future, and will make jobs and other opportunities available to a greater share of the City's population."
The Aberg Avenue bridge will fully connect the Starkweather bike path, allowing vital north - south bike and pedestrian traffic. This is the last segment needed to fully connect the Starkweather path. The bridge will be companion to the pedestrian bridge over East Washington Avenue only a few hundred feet away.
The City of Madison has also learned it will receive Transit Capital Funds, Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant, Homeless Assistance Grants, Byrne Grants and Community Development Block Grant funding through the ARRA. The city is also in the process of applying for several more competitive Recovery Act grants. For a full summary of Recovery Act funding in Madison, visit www.cityofmadison.com/federalstimulus.
- Rachel Strauch-Nelson(608) 266-4611