DescriptionThis project is a paved multi-use (bicycle / pedestrian) path located in the former Union Pacific Railroad corridor. Phase 4 extends from the existing Military Ridge Trail south of McKee Road to the junction on the Southwest Path, Badger State Trail and Capital City Trail. Phase 2, adjacent to the UW Arboretum and Dunn's Marsh, extends from the Southwest Path / Badger Trail intersection to the west end of the completed Phase 1 project, approximately 0.7 miles east of Seminole Highway.
Phase 4 includes a grade-separated (bridge) crossing of McKee Road. Phase 2 will include access and an at-grade crossing of Seminole Highway.
These segments together constitute about half of the overall 4+ mile Cannonball Path a major new commuter route linking areas residential areas of Fitchburg and Madison south of the Beltline with downtown Madison. The overall project is a joint effort between Madison and Fitchburg, with land acquisition partially funded by Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. Fitchburg is the lead agency for the Phase 2/4 project. The completed path will connect neighborhoods with parks, major conservancy areas and the larger regional path network including Capital City Trail, Southwest Path, Military Ridge Trail and Badger State Trail, making it a key piece of the regional path network for recreation and transportation.
View Map of the Cannonball Path (pdf)
LengthPhase 4 (Military Ridge Trail to Southwest Path) 1.0 miles
Phase 2 (Southwest path to Cannonball 1) 1.36 miles. A short connecting path to the Dunn’s marsh neighborhood is included. These two phases were originally planned as separate projects, but will be combined into a single project.
ScheduleFinal plans are tentatively scheduled for November 2013, with construction in 2014
CostThe estimated construction cost for Phases 2 and 4 is $2.2 Million including engineering and contingencies, of which approximately 80% will be Federal funds under the Transportation Enhancements program. The remaining local costs are being shared by City of Madison and City of Fitchburg. Land for the entire 4+ mile project was acquired from the Union Pacific Railroad in 2008 for $2.4 Million, which included $1.2 Million from WDNR under the Stewardship Program.
StatusUpdate March 2014.
The segment from Military Ridge State Trail to the Southwest Path (Segment 4) will be named Military Ridge Path. The bridge over McKee Road, which is in this segment, is currently under construction as a WisDOT project, with Fitchburg as the local sponsor. It is scheduled for completion in May 2014. The remainder of the path should be completed in late-August.
Update: June 11, 2012
Please join us for a Public Information Meeting on the Cannonball Path Phase 2 & 4. This will be an opportunity to see preliminary plans, discuss the project with City staff and our design consultant, and provide input on the project.
- City of Fitchburg Cannonball Path Phase 2 & 4 Public Information Meeting
- Date: Wednesday, June 27, 2012
- Time: Open House: 6:30-7:00 p.m.
- Presentation: 7:00 p.m. followed by Q&A
- Location: Fitchburg Public Library, Meeting Rooms A&B
- More details (pdf)
Update: Spring 2012
The City of Fitchburg is the lead agency for the design and construction of Phases 2 and 4, in partnership with City of Madison. Fitchburg is currently designing the path and working with WisDOT on funding and schedule. Currently there is an unpaved gravel walking path for most of the length of the project which is open to the public.
An important component of the Phase 2 project is a large-diameter water main to increase reliability for nearby residential areas. Water main in this segment was installed under a separate contract in 2009/10.
Have a question or comment on this project? Use the Public Comment Form.