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District 16

Alder Michael J. Tierney

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Alder Michael J. Tierney

Contact Information

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
Fax: (608) 267-8669
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Alder Tierney’s Updates

City county impasse on CTH inside the City

June 18, 2018 9:09 PM


As you know, Cottage Grove Road is also county trunk highway (CTH) BB. and Buckeye Rd is CTH AB they run past the city boundary and into the Town and Village of Cottage Grove. Because Cottage Grove Rd is a county highway, the segment within the city boundary is primarily maintained by Dane County. 


Recently, Dane County has taken the position that in return for paying a share of the project costs, Madison must agree to assume ALL future costs of maintenance and operations of Buckeye and Cottage Grove Rds. 


This policy would not only apply to these upcoming projects but to many of the city's major roads that have the highest costs to maintain such as Buckeye, Cottage Grove Rd. Packers Ave, Mineral Point Rd, Junction Dr., etc. Over time, this would shift millions of dollars of additional costs to the city.


Our position is that Madison taxpayers are county taxpayers too and should benefit from county highway and transportation services. And that many non-city residents regularly use the county highways within the city limits. 


The City recognizes that an impasse between the City and County does not serve the interests of our residents. As a means of reaching an agreement, the City suggested to the County that the Madison Area Transportation Planning Board (MATPB) conduct a study on the use and relative costs of County highways that are within the city boundaries. Similar studies have been conducted by other regional Planning Boards to resolve similar disputes. 


Unfortunately, the County has rejected the City's proposal for the use of the Madison Area Transportation Board for a study. Meanwhile, the City was promised assistance from the federal government for the project if it was to take place in 2019. Rather than allow the federal funds to "lapse", we have requested that the funds be transferred to the Atwood Ave. reconstruction project which will be advanced from 2021 to 2020. 


I and other city officials recognize the importance and necessity of "fixing" both Cottage Grove Rd and Buckeye Rd. We will continue to press the County for a fair resolution of the dispute. Also, I hope that you will ask your County elected officials to ensure that the County assumes its fair share of transportation costs and to actively seek a resolution of this dispute.

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