Alder Joseph R. Clausius
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Madison, WI 53703
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Monday, March 19th will begin the construction rebuild of East Washington Avenue from Thierer Road to East Springs Drive. I caution residents driving in the area to be alert and patient as periodic delays are bound to occur.
Hopefully a new Honda Dealership on the far east side will soon be a reality. Wilde Automotive Group of Waukesha hopes to open the 10-million, 45,000 square foot dealership by late fall. The location is the corner lot at High Crossing Drive and Nelson Road. The actual opening date depends on final resolution of the lawsuit brought Zimbrick Automotive contesting the location of a second Honda dealership in Madison and the increased competition.
The East Side Citizens Advisory Panel is continuing to work with the Madison Water Utility regarding contaminants at Well 15. Work is continuing on the design and construction plans for a filter at Well 15, if needed. At the same time, AECOM Environmental Services has been engaged to survey and pinpoint the source of the contaminants at Well 15. The study will hopefully determine if installation of a casing inside the well can eliminate the contaminants and the need for a filter system. Stay tuned.
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An early spring is just around the corner and the political horizon promises to be interesting. I voted in the recent primary and encountered no problems with the new voter ID law. Granted, voter turnout was only around 11% but the smooth launch of the new law bodes well for the upcoming recall elections. Much credit goes to our city clerk's office, which conducted 259 voter education sessions over recent months.
Spring weather means road construction and a major street project will soon be underway in our area. The final segment of the East Washington Avenue rebuild project will begin in early March with completion scheduled for late October. Both the DOT and City Engineering Department recently held an information meeting with affected business owners.
The roadway will remain open to traffic during construction. Traffic will be switched to the outbound side while the inbound side is constructed. Traffic will then be switched to the new inbound side while the outbound side is constructed. Since the number of lanes in each direction will be reduced to two lanes during construction, some congestion during peak hours is expected.
The pavement on East Washington Avenue between Thierer Road and East Springs Drive will be totally replaced. In addition, new sidewalks, traffic signals and bus stops will be installed. New decorative street signs and lighting will be a finishing touch to completion of the project. When this segment is finished, the East Washington Avenue corridor will be a modern gateway to Madison.