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Alder Patrick W. Heck

Alder Patrick W. Heck

Alder Patrick W. Heck

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123 N. Blount St. #303
Madison , WI 53703

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

Updates: Parking, Traffic, & Street Reconstruction

June 4, 2019 6:46 AM

Updates on District 2 parking, traffic, and street reconstruction follow.

STREET PARKING:

Events at Breese Stevens Field and downtown, as well as D2 acquiring more residents, have made parking less available. If you witness illegal street parking, please call the Madison Police Department's non-emergency number (608-255-2345) to report it.
 
Tuesday, June 4 Concert at Breese Stevens
Due to what is expected to be a sell-out concert at Breese Stevens and per my request, Madison Police Department Parking Enforcement Officers will be in the area near Breese Stevens early evening on June 4. This should provide pro-active parking enforcement as well as send a signal to event-goers who are not utilizing the many opportunties for paid parking. Thank you to MPD, who has limited PEO availability in the evenings.
 
Street Parking Permit Program Study
A comprehensive city study of Madison's street parking system, including the RP3 permit program, should soon kick-off. Former District 2 Alder Ledell Zellers wisely pushed for this study. Study results are expected in fall 2020 with any proposed ordinance and policy changes related to street parking likely coming later in 2020 and 2021.
 
Snow Emergency Zone and Clean Lakes/Clean Streets
Many have likely read about possible changes to the Snow Emergency Zone areas and the extension of our Clean Lakes/Clean Streets program to year-round. Those changes are still being evaluated, but I will keep you informed as options are considered.
 

CAR TRAFFIC:

Speeding, cutting through residential streets to avoid back-ups, not stopping at signals/stop signs, and not respecting pedestrians and bicycles all seem to be increasing as our city grows.
 
New 4-Way Stop at E. Mifflin & N. Ingersoll Streets!
City Traffic Engineering has just changed this intersection to a 4-way stop. This will help slow cars down on Ingersoll, increasing safety for Lapham School students, neighbors, and cylists. The newly installed stop signs should also help awareness when the construction of Lyric II and the Madison Youth Arts Center begin. Lyric II construction should start in mid- to late June.
 
More Lapham Area Measures?
There is a school crossing guard at N. Ingersoll and E. Dayton, which tends to slow traffic down, but future traffic calming measures or stop signs will be considered in the vicinity of the school. Some concepts are slowly percolating up the City's list of improvements, so I will keep you informed as they progress.
 
Cut-Through Traffic
Many neighbors in the Tenney Park area have contacted me about cars speeding through neighborhood streets due to their seeking ways around the E. Johnson Street slowdowns. Fortunately, MPD has agreed to conduct targeted traffic enforcement actions in this area. Their efforts should send a signal to drivers who endanger the many children who live on these streets and increase safety for pedestrians and cyclists. Note that MPD has limited staff available to conduct these efforts, so they will be sporadic. In my opinion, sporadic enforcement is in some ways a plus; drivers won't be able to predict where and when MPD may be in the area. Please contact the Traffic Enforcement Safety Team if you have particular concerns about speeding and driver behavior. Note that speed humps and other traffic calming measures are not likely to be deployed in the short-term, but I am advocating for a wider study of traffic issues and traffic calming possibilities.
 

STREET RECONSTRUCTION:

The East Johnson and First Streets reconstruction project will continue into November. Please visit the project website to stay up to date.
 
Upcoming Pedestrian/Bike Path Shift
Later in June, the project will switch to Phase 3 along E. Johnson. In this phase, the pedestrian and bicycle path along the north side of the street will be closed on the Yahara River bridge. The underpass will remain open. Additionally, the path along the south side of the street will be closed east of the railroad tracks to First Street. This will require multiple crossings of Johnson for those wishing to bike/walk the entire length of the contruction zone, so please be cautious.
 
Car Lane Shift
Car traffic will remain in one lane each direction. Expect the travel lanes to shift when Phase 3 gets underway. Please drive slowly and look out for pedestrians and bikes.
 
More on Traffic Calming
Jeremy Nash at City Traffic Engineering continues to address issues related to signage and traffic calming measures during reconstruction. 
 
 
 
 

 




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