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Alder Barbara Harrington-McKinney

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Alder Barbara Harrington-McKinney

Contact Information

Home Address:

1209 Dayflower Drive
Madison , WI 53719

Council Office

Common Council Office:
210 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd
Room 417
Madison, WI 53703
Phone: (608) 266-4071
Fax: (608) 267-8669
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Alder Harrington-McKinney’s Updates

Road Construction Project at High Point Road & Velvet, Street Closing, Public Meeting at Blackhawk Church

July 14, 2017 1:09 PM

MESSAGE BOARDS ON HIGH POINT ROAD

1. Traffic will be maintained, in both directions, on a minimum 10' wide lane during construction. We will not be closing any lanes, but they may be narrower than the existing lane.

2. We are widening the pavement, on the west side, in order to have enough pavement width to add a turn lane from southbound High Point Road to Velvet Leaf Drive. 

3. The contractor has 30 calendar days to complete the work. There will be times, during the 30 days, when they may not be actively working while the concrete curb & gutter is allowed to cure and gain strength.

Additional Information Contact: LeAnne Hannan, lhannan@cityofmadison.com

Further context:

As Alder, I received questions from residents asking for more information when the message boards on High Point Road went-up.  A resident questioning this project not being in the High Point Neighborhood Development Plan (NDP) and why more advanced notification was not given.  I want to give further context to this. The left turn from High Point Road onto Velvet Leaf has been the site of several serious accidents and near misses. I myself shuddered, gripping the steering wheel as a car swerved to miss hitting my car as I waited to make the  left turn from High Point Road onto Velvet Leaf.  It is a critical site that rose to the level of public safety from both a traffic and public safety standpount. I contacted City staff for additional information and was informed that this was deemed a small project by the City and as such felt they would procure better bids if contractors were allowed flexibility around the start date as long as the completion date was by September 1. This meant the notification received by the City was shortly before the message boards went up. This construction was deemed unique for the reasons stated above but should not distract the continuing complexity of the NDP, the public engagement process, or proposed future development in and along this corridor. 

This project responds to the significant number of traffic related accidents at High Point Road and Velvet Leaf, including when a major section of Hope and A Future's fencing, located on High Point Road, was damaged due to an accident at that location. This is a small project but where there were a significant number of traffic/accident related incidents and I would caution not to distract the significance of this project by overlaying it with the very complex process of future land acquisition and development, or public engagement planned for this corridor. There has been significant public input received from residents as well as from documented police reports that addressing this section of High Point and Velvet Leaf as a project was a priority. 

Barbara, Your Alder

Street Closures - Ride the Drive 2017

July 12, 2017 1:59 PM

John Nolen Drive and North Shore Drive will be closed this Sunday, July 16th from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. for Ride the Drive. 

John Nolen Drive will be closed from Olin Avenue to the South Blair Street & Williamson Street intersection.

North Shore Drive will be closed from Proudfit Street to John Nolen Drive. 

See the map here.

More information about Ride the Drive:

https://www.cityofmadison.com/parks/ridethedrive  

Contacts: 

Tom Mohr, 608-267-8725, tmohr@cityofmadison.com

Neighborhood Meeting at Blackhawk Church

Monday, July 17, 6:30 p.m.

Discussion Topics: Heavy Flooding and City Snow Removal Policy 

This is an OPEN PUBLIC MEETING 

Sand bags are available at the locations below:

https://www.cityofmadison.com/engineering/sandbags.cfm. With the flooding all over the westside from Mondays rain we are still getting calls and assessing conditions and we have many people asking for bags. If you believe they would help and you know where to put them you are certainly encouraged to use or other means to protect your residence. We will look at this situation again and I will have different staff do so to see if they find an alternate solutions.

Greg Fries

 

 

 

 




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