Cannonball Path Public Information Meeting
The public is invited to a public information meeting to learn about the project and give input 6 p.m., Dec. 4, Wright Middle School, Library Media Center, 1717 Fish Hatchery Road, Madison, Wis.
This project is a shared-use (bicycle and pedestrian) path that extends the existing Cannonball Path at Fish Hatchery Road to the Wingra Creek Path.
This is the final piece of the overall four-mile Cannonball Path. This project will link areas of Fitchburg and Arbor Hills neighborhoods with downtown Madison. The overall Cannonball Path project is a joint effort between Madison and Fitchburg, with land acquisition partially funded by Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. Madison is the lead agency for the project from the west line of the Arbor Hills neighborhood to its northern terminus.
The Cannonball Path connects neighborhoods with parks, schools, major conservancy areas as well as retail, commercial and employment centers. It also connects to the Capital City Trail, Southwest Path, Military Ridge Trail and Badger State Trail, making it a key component of the regional network of paths for recreation as well as transportation.
In 2020, the City plans to apply for grant funds to help fund the future construction of this path. The City is reviewing possible route alternatives to make the connection between the current end of the path at Fish Hatchery Rd. to the Wingra Creek Path.
There currently two alternatives. One alternative is to remove the on-street bike lane and sidewalk on one side of Fish Hatchery Rd. in order to install a multi-use path on that side of the street. This path would be at the same grade as the existing sidewalk. The second alternative is to continue working on a route parallel to the railroad tracks and then head north through Bowman Park to connect to Plaenert Dr.