Skip to main content

District 1

Alder Barbara Harrington-McKinney

Image of Alder Barbara Harrington-McKinney

Alder Barbara Harrington-McKinney

Contact Information

Home Address:

1209 Dayflower Dr

Council Office

Common Council Office:
210 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd
Room 417
Madison, WI 53703
Phone: (608) 266-4071
Fax: (608) 267-8669
WI Relay Service

Alder Harrington-McKinney’s Updates

Hawks Landing and McKenna Boulevard/Gammon Lane flood mitigation projects and final sandbag collection opportunity

September 6, 2019 2:22 PM


Construction Update

Construction scheduled to begin September 16.

Project Background

Hawks Landing is a residential development located on the far west side of Madison at the northwest quadrant of South Pleasant View Road (CTH 'M') and Midtown Road. Construction of the development began in 2001. The development includes approximately 300 homes and an 18-hole golf course, the Hawks Landing Golf Club.

Hawks Landing has six (6) stormwater control ponds, all located within the golf course. Three of these ponds (LBMC North, LBMC SW, and LBMC East Ponds) are located on the west side of the course and drain to Lower Badger Mill Creek (LBMC), and three (UBMC North, UBMC SE, and UBMC SW Ponds) are located on the east side and drain to Upper Badger Mill Creek (UBMC).

Project Description

The west side of the development, as shown in Map 1 pdf , experiences drainage problems during large storm events. Lots 169, 170, and 250 experience flooding during events, with the highest water levels and highest flows occurring on Lot 170. In September 2016, the City contracted with MSA Professional Services, Inc. to conduct a drainage study for the western portion of Hawks Landing, the area roughly bounded by Eaglewood Drive on the north, Breezy Trail on the east, Mid Town Road on the south, and Shady Point Drive on the west. Map 2 pdf  identifies shows the delineated watersheds and the general flow directions for the study area. Note that, for the purposes of this project, the ponds shown in Map 2 have been assigned alphabetic identifiers:

  • LBMC SW Pond (Map 1) = Pond C (Map 2)
  • LBMC North Pond (Map 1) = Pond D (Map 2)
  • LBMC East Pond (Map 1) = Pond E (Map 2)

Flooding downstream from Pond C is due in part to observed plugging of the pond outlet structure; however, significant additional contributors to flooding are discharges from upstream ponds (Ponds D&E on Map 2) which appear to be much greater than originally planned. In Fall 2018, Hawks Landing Golf course constructed an additional dry detention basin to the east of Pond C to reduce peak inflow into Pond C. Additionally, the City of Madison has contracted with MSA Professional Services, Inc. to design a hydraulically-improved outlet from Pond C. The current elliptical outlet pipe shall be upsized to a 4'x8' concrete box culvert, which will drain Pond C to a newly-constructed drainage ditch south of Shady Point Dr. This new design should alleviate flooding during large events out of Pond C and in the intersection of Hidden Hill Dr and Shady Point Dr. The City intends to post plans for this project for bid in early June. Once they are available, a link will be provided on this website.

In addition to Hidden Hill Dr and Shady Point Dr, flooding occurs in the north part of the neighborhood as well, north of intersection of Hill Creek Dr and Grassy Hollow Dr. This flooding is due in large part to runoff from the undeveloped farm field north of the Hawks Landing neighborhood; the runoff from the field, which is substantial, also contributes to the flooding problems at Pond C and the intersection of Hidden Hill and Shady Point. The City has contracted with MSA Professional Services, Inc. to investigate solutions to this flooding problem. Currently, the City is investigating the purchase of some of the farmland and construction of a swale to drain water from the intersection of Red Tail Dr and Hill Creek Dr.

Public Informational Meeting

The City hosted a Public Informational Meeting on May 28, 2019 at Blackhawk Church (Brader Way) to discuss fixes at Hidden Hill Dr/Shady Point Dr and north of Hill Creek. The meeting Powerpoint is here: Hawks Landing Flood Mitigation PIM - May 28, 2019 pdf .

Public Works Improvement Project

The City of Madison will begin construction on the Hawks Landing Flood Mitigation South (2019) in early September 2019. This project will include the removal of an existing 43"x68" horizontal elliptical reinforced concrete pipe (HERCP) storm sewer between Pond C on the Hawks Landing Golf Course and the corner of Hidden Hill Dr and Shady Point Dr in Madison. The removed pipe will be replaced by approximately 500 lineal feet (LF) of 4' rise x 8' span reinforced concrete box culvert (RCBC). Additional work will include (but not be limited to) the replacement of the Pond C outlet structure, installation of two large underground concrete vaults at the southwest corner of Hidden Hill Dr and Shady Point Dr, removal and replacement of two inlets and a reinforced concrete pipe that crosses Shady Point Dr, realignment of storm sewer and other utilities within the intersection of Hidden Hill Dr and Shady Point Dr, patching of the affected street, and restoration of all disturbed areas. This work is intended to reduce flooding in the southwest corner of the Hawks Landing neighborhood.

A second phase of this flood mitigation project is currently planned for early 2020. One concrete vault (to be installed with the current project) will be removed and the 4'x8' RCBC will be extended into a new wingwall and swale that will run parallel to Shady Point Dr in the farm field between Shady Point Dr and Midtown Rd. The City does not currently own the necessary land for this second phase but is working through the acquisition process. The completion of Phase II of this project should further reduce flooding risk in the southwest corner of the Hawks Landing neighborhood.

The project bid package can be found here: Hawks Landing Flood Mitigation South Construction Package.

City Engineering's project page for the Hawks Landing flood mitigation project can be found here.


Construction Update

Contractor plans to start work in McKenna Blvd the week of September 3. Traffic will be reduced to one lane in each direction.

Mckenna Boulevard has all lanes open.

UPDATE: Final plans have been issued. See details below.

Project Details

The east Park Edge Dr. neighborhood consists of several cul-de-sacs that back the City of Madison's West Badger Mill Creek - Elver Park Greenway. That greenway carries water from Greentree Pond north of the neighborhood and discharges via pipes under McKenna Blvd. to Elver Park. The associated watershed is approximately 1.4 square miles in area, and drains from north to south.

Since 2016, Park Edge Dr. residents have experienced several rain events where water from the greenway flooded the neighborhood and entered their residences. Additionally, McKenna Blvd., which is a main thoroughfare through the neighborhood and houses police and fire stations for the west side of the city, has overtopped and become impassible several times. On December 13, 2018 the City hosted a Public Informational Meeting held at Our Redeemer Church on McKenna Blvd. A copy of the presentation can be found here pdf . Staff discussed the flooding that occurred in June and August of 2018, design standards, watershed modeling, and the proposed public works contract. City Engineering is proposing a public works improvement to address the recurring flooding. The City evaluated the greenway during the design process and plans to construct improvements that will reduce the impact of flooding in the Park Edge neighborhood and alleviate flooding from the greenway onto McKenna Blvd.


Proposed Scope of Work

Staff have analyzed the watershed and propose replacing the existing pipes under McKenna Boulevard with a twin cell 5' tall by 10' wide box culvert and a twin cell 5' tall by 12' wide box culvert, which includes constructing new inlet and outlet wing walls. The existing concrete channel will be removed and replaced with a concrete channel 1.5 feet lower than its current level. A retaining wall will also be constructed along the west edge of the greenway to provide improved flow capacity in the channel that runs adjacent to Greentree Landfill. The existing metal culverts at the outlet of Greentree Pond are in very poor condition and will be removed and replaced with a twin cell 4' tall by 8' wide box culvert as part of this project. The pond outlet and channel will be realigned to point southwest, rather than west, to alleviate flows going directly towards Falmouth Ct. All aspects of the design can be found in the final plan set for the project, here: Final Plans pdf 

Proposed Project Schedule

  • Permit applications for this project were approved in May 2019.
  • Bid opening and Contractor selection will occur in mid-June 2019.
  • Construction is scheduled to begin at the end of July and is anticipated to take a minimum of 5 months.
  • During construction, one lane of traffic in each direction will be maintained on McKenna Blvd. at all times. Elver Park will also be open and accessible during its normal hours for the duration of the project. Additionally, temporary bus stops will be located along McKenna Blvd. to ensure that Metro service is not interrupted by construction.

Additional information and resources were provided to property owners and can be found in the presentation or the the links below:

City of Madison Flooding Website

Flooding And Self-Reporting

Flood Prevention Flyer and website

City Engineering's project page for the McKenna Blvd/Gammon Ln flood mitigation project can be found here.

Final Sandbag Collection Opportunity Begins September 9

The final opportunity for curbside sandbag collection will begin on Monday, September 9, 2019.

In order for residents to have their sandbags collected efficiently, residents must first visit the City of Madison Flooding website to find out if they live in the "Flood Zone" or "Request Pickup" areas.

Steps for Curbside Collection for Residents in the Flood Zone

Residents with homes that fall within the Flood Zone should place their sandbags on the terrace or road edge.

Collection crews will be circling the Flood Zone areas beginning on Monday, September 9. Residents in the Flood Zone must get their bags to the curb or terrace prior to Sunday, September 22 to ensure collection. Sandbags placed to the curb after September 22 will not be picked up.

When placing sandbags out for collection, do not put them in the street or gutter. Also, do not cover sandbags with brush, leaves, or yard waste. Please note that sandbag collection crews will not go on private property to remove bags.

Steps for Curbside Collection for Residents in the Request Pickup Areas

Residents with homes that fall within the Request Pickup areas should place their sandbags on the terrace or road edge. Collection of these bags will begin on September 9.

After residents in the Request Pickup areas place their sandbags to the curb, they must submit a request for sandbag collection. Upon receipt of the request, the City will send a crew to collect the bags as soon as possible.

Residents in the Request Pickup area have until September 22 to get their sandbags to the road edge and submit their collection request.  Sandbags placed out to the curb after September 22 will not be picked up.

Residents can request sandbag collection in two ways:

  1. Submit the Request Sandbag Collection form online.

  2. Call the sandbag collection hotline at (608) 242-6001 and follow the recorded directions.

When placing sandbags out for collection, do not put them in the street or gutter. Also, do not cover sandbags with leaves or other yard waste while awaiting collection. Sandbag collection crews will not go on private property to remove bags.

Haul Sandbags to a Drop-off Site

Madison residents can also haul their sandbags themselves to the sandbag drop-off site at 4602 Sycamore Avenue.

Sandbags that are hauled to this site should be placed in the public sandbag drop-off area.

What Happens to the Sandbags

After crews collect sandbags, they will be hauled to 4602 Sycamore Avenue.

A loader with a special attachment will scoop the sandbags into a hopper. Once in the hopper, a series of blades will rip the bags open and the sand will filter out.

The empty sandbag husks will be hauled to the landfill.

The remaining sand will be stored for future use as fill material in various city projects.

Additional Information

Additional information about the flooding in Madison can be found on the City of Madison flooding website,

Email to a friend Email to a friend

Subscribe to Email List

Subscribe to the District 1 – Alder McKinney email list:

By participating on this list the Wisconsin Public Records Laws may subject your email address to disclosure to third parties. By selecting "Yes" you are requesting that we treat your email address that you have provided to this list as confidential and you are also stating that you would not participate in this service if the City is obligated to release your email address to such third party requesters.




Aldermatic District 1
City Meetings,District1 & Community Updates


100 Black Men of Madison  1000 Friends of Wisconsin  2016 Elver Park Community Day  2017 Westfest  2018 Westfest  2019 Westfest  Addiction  African American  Aging  Alternate Side Parking  Announcement  Application  Art  Ash tree  Assessment  Attachment  Auto  Back to school  Badger Mill Creek  Bench  Bike  Black History  Body worn cameras  Bridge Replacement  BRT  Brush  Brush collection  Brush Pickup  Budget  Burglary  Burn  Bus  Bus Rapid Transit  Business  Byrne Criminal Justice Innovaton Grant  Cable  Car  Car theft  Cardboard  Career fair  Census  Challenge  Chickens  Christmas tree  City Clerk's Office - Election Information  City Committee  City Engineer  City Governance  City of Madison Comprehensive Plan  Coding  Cold  Collection Schedule  Committee  Common Council  Community  Community Bond  Community Building  Community Events  Community partner  Complete count  Conference  Construction  Conversation  Coronavirus  County HWY M  County HWY PD  COVID-19  Crime  Criminal justice  Dallas  Dedication  Development  Dinner  Disaster Assistance  Disc golf  District 1 -  Dogs  Dohm  Downtown  Dream Bus  Drop-off sites  Earth Day  Election  Elver Park  Elver Park Community Recreation Center  Employment  Employment center  Engineering  Equity  Event  Evergreen  Eviction  Exact Sciences  Expansion  F-35A  Fiber  Flooding  Flu  Food  Food access  Freakfest  Frequent City Contact Information  Gaming  Gammon Lane  Grants  Hawks Landing  High Point  Highlights  Historic Preservation  HIV  Hope and A Future  Housing  Ice  Imagine Madison  Invasive Elongate Hemlock Scale  Jeffy Trail Expansion  Job fair  Jobs  Judge Doyle Square  Juneteenth  Justice  Kids  Kwik Trip  Leaf Collection  Leaves  Lewis  Library  License  Listening Session  Lock It or Lose It  Madison Common Council  Madison Community News  Madison Fire Department  Madison Living History Project  Madison Mallards  Madison Metro  Madison Police Department  Make Music Madison  Mayor  Mayor Rhodes-Conway  Mayor Soglin  Mayor's Neighborhood Conference  McKenna Boulevard  Meals  Meeting  Mentor  Metro  MGE  Mid Town Road  Midtown Road  MLK  MMSD  Mobile Resource Trailer  MPD  Mulch  Municipal ID  Natural Lawn  Neighborhood Employment Center  Neighborhood information  Neighborhood Meeting  Neighborhood Traffic Management Program  Olbrich Gardens  Operation Clean Sweep  Opioid  Optic  Park Edge  Park Ridge  Parking  Parks  Petition  PFAS  PFC  Phairs  Plan Commission  Playground  Pleasant View Road  Police  Police and Fire Commission  Poll  Poll Workers  Power outage  Press conference  Property tax  PSC  PSRC  Public Health  Public Health Announcemrnts  Public Market  Public Safety  Race  Race 2 Destiny  Racism  Raymond Road  Read  Recycling  Repairs  Report  Roosters  RSVP  Safer at Home  Safety  Salt  Sand Bags  Sanitary Sewer  School  Severe weather  Shots fired  Shredding  ShredFest  Snow  Snow Plow Updates  Spring  State Street  Storm Sewer  Stormwater  Street closures  Street sweeping  Streets Division  Streets/Transportation/Roads  Summer  Summer Strategic Plan  Survey  Sustainability  Task Force  Teen employment  TFOGS  Thanksgiving  Traffic  Traffic calming  Training  Training center  Training/Employment Opportunities  Transportation  Trash  Tree  Triad  Tutor  Urban League Greater Madison  Utilities  Vacancy  Valley View Road  Vehicle Registration Fee  Vendor  Verona Road (US 18/151) Project  Violence  Volunteer  Vote  Water Utility  Watershed  Weapons  Weather  West Fest  West Police District  Westfest  Westside  Winter  WisDOT  Women's History Month  World AIDS Day  Wreath  Yard Waste  Youth  Zoning