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Alder Michael J. Tierney

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Alder Michael J. Tierney

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Home Address:

4534 Secret Garden Dr
McFarland , WI 53558

Council Office

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

Stoughton Road - resolution -urban boulevard- used by bicyclists and pedestrians

February 21, 2017 3:40 PM


Many of you have been to meetings over the years on the reconstruction of Stoughton Road.  There was a work group consisting of residents that formed several years ago and raised money to hire a consultant who then work with residents to draw up a plan.  This plan was ultimately approved by the Common Council and adopted in the plans for the resconstruction of the highway/road by the State of Wisconsin.


Fast forward.

Sinking a road is not considered modern best practises.  District 11 Alder Gruber has brought the following resolution to the City and seeks to have support to change the future plans of Stoughton Rd.   Below is a link to the work behind this proposal and also following is a copy of the resolution.

This resolution will be before the Long Range Transporation committee on Thursday at 5PM, meeting in the City County Buidling 210 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.  Room 357 (City-County Building) and will then move on to the Council  I hope to see you there.


If I don't see you at the committee meeting on Thursday, please let me know your thoughts.  Please email me at


thanks Your Alder,



Fiscal Note

The proposed resolution has no fiscal impact.




Stating the City of Madison's Locally Preferred Alternative of Converting Stoughton Road (Highway 51) to an Urban Boulevard Within the Madison City Limits.


WHEREAS, Stoughton Road (Highway 51) is an important travel route for City of Madison residents as well as regional travelers that runs through the east side of Madison; and,


WHEREAS, 25,000 City of Madison residents live in the vicinity of Stoughton Road; and,


WHEREAS, other cities have torn down urban freeways with positive social and economic benefits including revitalized neighborhoods and new development along the routes; and,


WHEREAS, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) is planning to convert Stoughton Road (Highway 51) into a limited access, grade separated freeway; and,


WHEREAS, there are neighborhoods and businesses on both sides of Stoughton Road that will be better connected with a urban boulevard between them and will be adversely effected by having a freeway between them; and,


WHEREAS, Stoughton Road has a similar amount of traffic to East Washington Ave (Highway 151) and University Ave (which becomes highway 14), two urban boulevards that function well within the City of Madison; and,


WHEREAS, urban boulevards can be used by bicyclists and pedestrians while freeways cannot; and,


WHEREAS, freeways are a barrier to crossing for bicyclists and pedestrians; and,


WHEREAS, urban boulevards are inherently safer because of slower speeds and avoid deadly crashes on urban freeways that can be caused by high speeds and by the inability to go from highway speeds to stopping in heavy traffic that is common in Madison; and,


WHEREAS, urban boulevards function better for shorter trips taken within the City that involve turning motions, while freeways function better for longer trips taken between cities; and,


WHEREAS, longer trips are currently well served by Interstate Highways 39, 90, and 94 that run parallel with and connect with Stoughton Road; and,


WHEREAS, in these times of limited funding for roads, an urban boulevard will be much less expensive to build and maintain while a freeway will be much more expensive to build and rebuild in the future because of the extensive infrastructure of bridges and ramps required; and,


WHEREAS, the ramps needed for a freeway will take up a large of amount of land that can be put to better uses including development and green space; and,


WHEREAS, the City of Madison has an important interest in the Public Health, Safety, and Welfare that will be better served by an urban boulevard for Stoughton Rd as opposed to a freeway; and,


WHEREAS, a Stoughton Road converted to an urban boulevard will be more esthetically pleasing and make traveling more enjoyable as compared to a freeway,


NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the City of Madison states its Locally Preferred Alternative of converting Stoughton Road (Highway 51) to an urban boulevard with the Madsion city limits; and,


BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED, that copies of this resolution be sent to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) and the Madison Area Transportation Planning Board (MPO).?

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