Last Updated: 08/17/2017

UPDATE
Contractor is replacing utilities on E, W, N & S Sunset.

Grading and curb & gutter is expected at the end of August/early September

CURRENT 2017 PROJECT UPDATE - The reconstruction of the Sunset Courts is currently in progress. Construction items that are in progress are underground utility installation (sanitary sewer, water main and storm sewer). Sanitary Sewer and Water Main is complete on West and South Sunset Courts. New Sanitary and Water services will be started the week of 07/17/17 on West and South Sunset Courts. Sanitary Sewer and Water Main installation will be installed next on North and East Sunsets Courts. Construction items yet to begin are curb and gutter, final driveway placement and asphalt paving.

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UPCOMING 2018 PROJECT UPDATE - A public meeting to discuss the planned 2018 Westmorland Blvd (Mineral Point Road to Hillcrest Drive) reconstruction project was held on July 27th at 6:00pm.  The location of the meeting was at the Fellowship Hall at Bethany Methodist Church, 3910 Mineral Point Road. Meeting topics included sanitary sewer and water service lateral relocations for the properties on the east side of Westmorland Blvd, proposed street and sidewalk work and 2018 construction timing. The presentation can be found here: Presentation

Note: Hammersley Avenue (Westmorland Blvd to Larkin St) has been delayed and is currently planned for construction in 2019.

Project Overview

6 Year Construction Plan Overview

As seen on the below map, City utility improvements and street construction is planned within the Sunset Village and Sunset Hills neighborhood for the next 6 years (beginning in 2014). The proposed projects include locations with utility replacement and relocation and street improvements including curb and gutter, evaluation of sidewalk and new storm sewer.

Street Improvements

The existing streets will be replaced with the new installation of underground City utilities. Where there is existing curb and gutter and sidewalk, the curb and sidewalk will only be replaced as needed to replace utility laterals and any defective areas. Where there is no curb and gutter, the City will be proposing installation of these improvements with public comment, review and final approval of the design at a later date.

Residents who would like to make modifications to their driveway and parking area on their property will first need to contact City zoning and submit a plan for approval (Jenny Kirchgatter, 266-4429 or jkirchgatter@cityofmadison.com).   Once approved, provide a copy of the approved plan to the project engineer.  Driveway aprons and curb cuts to serve driveway changes will not be installed with the project unless a site plan is approved through City zoning.
 
It may be possible to make slight modifications to the driveway apron and curb cut with the project, provided that the request meets the requirements of the ordinances.  To request these changes, please fill out a Residential Driveway form (obtained from City Engineering office) and return to the project engineer.

Recon Map

Underground Utility Replacement

Existing sanitary sewer and water main were installed in the early 1940’s. Both of these facilities are having maintenance issues and are undersized per City standards. The City is proposing to install new mains in all areas highlighted in the 6 year construction map.

Backyard Sanitary and Water Service Relocation

In specific locations, sanitary sewer mains and water mains were installed behind homes. In these locations, private fences, outbuildings and landscaping have made it difficult for City crews to maintain the utilities. City Engineering and City Water Utility are proposing to install larger mains within the roadway right-of-way during street improvements. This work will require property owners to relocate their sanitary sewer and water main services from the back of their homes to the front of their homes. As part of this required work, the City of Madison will reimburse property owners for a portion, if not all, of the work under the City’s plumbing conversion with sewer relocation funding policy and under the Madison Water Utility service replacement reimbursement policy for water service relocation of a 50/50 cost share up to $2000 of total cost(currently under review).

Read the full plumbing conversion policy.

Note:  Reimbursement levels for both sanitary sewer and water service laterals have been raised based on 2016 construction costs for private property owners.
 

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Assessment Policy

Street Assessments

Standard Items for streets with existing drive aprons, sidewalks and curb and gutter:

  • Driveways and sidewalk – 50/50 share between City and property owner
  • Curb and Gutter – 50/50 share between City and property owner

Streets without curb and gutter or sidewalk:

  • Driveways – 50/50 share between City and property owner
  • Street – curb and gutter and four (4) feet of pavement, 100% assessed to adjacent property owner
  • Sidewalk - 100% assessed to adjacent property owner

Sewer Assessments

Sanitary sewer reconnections and lateral replacement will be shared 75% City cost and 25% property owner cost.

Storm sewer private connections: If a property owner would like a direct connection to the existing (or proposed) storm sewer during a construction project, 100% of the cost is paid by the property owner. If a property owner would like to request a connect, please notify City Engineering staff member, Eric Dundee, edundee@cityofmadison.com, (608) 266-4913.

Assessment Estimates and Billing: Preliminary assessments will be mailed to property owners with hearing notice for the project approval at a Board of Public Works meeting. These assessments are estimates as a maximum assessment. Final billing of the assessments will be the year following construction (usually September or October). Property owners will have options of paying the assessments in whole or over an eight (8) year period at the City’s interest rate, 2017’s rate is 3.0%.

Estimated Assessments

  • Streets with new curb & gutter (estimated 60 feet of lot frontage at $55 per foot of curb and gutter and street) - $3,300.00
  • Street with existing curb & gutter (estimated replacement of 30 feet of curb and gutter at $25 per foot) - $750.00
  • Driveway apron replacement - $800.00
  • Sanitary assessments (includes connect to new sanitary sewer main and service lateral to right-of-way line) – $1,300.00

Assessment Loan Requirements

Neighborhood Plan