Last Updated: 05/26/2021

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Project Overview

The City of Madison, like many communities, has seen a recent increase in extreme flood events. This increase has occurred most notably in Madison since 2016, when a large and intense rain event in late July caused extensive flooding of public and private property on Madison’s west side. Large events in July 2017 and June 2018 caused similar flooding, again largely focused on Madison’s west side.

On August 20, 2018, Dane County experienced an unusual precipitation event that caused flooding in excess of that seen in any of the prior events mentioned. Rain gages monitoring that event registered between 8-10” of precipitation on its west side over (approximately) a 12-hr period. Many of Madison’s west side neighborhoods experienced flash flooding, resulting in millions of dollars in property damage.

In response to the damage incurred, as well as the likely increasing frequency of such events due to global climate change, the Madison Common Council authorized the City of Madison Engineering Division (City Engineering) to develop watershed models and plans for watersheds of greatest concern in the Madison area.

The Wexford Pond and Greenway system is located within the Pheasant Branch Watershed, and is part of the Madison Pheasant Branch Watershed Study, which is currently underway.

This project will evaluate the Wexford Pond and Greenway system as part of the overall Madison Pheasant Branch Watershed and identify improvements to the pond and greenway to assist with flood reduction. Strand Associates, Inc. was awarded the Wexford Pond and Greenway Flood Mitigation and Restoration Design through RES-21-00176, Legislative ID 64256.

Project Schedule

The tentative schedule is as follows:

Planning, Modeling, Analysis, and Conceptual Design: Summer/Fall 2021

Design Development: Fall/Winter: 2021/2022

Construction Bid: 2022

Construction Start: Fall/Winter 2022-2023

Public Involvement

There are a number of points of contact during this project where the public is encouraged to give feedback as part of public information meetings and public hearings. Dates, times and locations are indicated below:

Public Information Meetings:

Dates for Public Information Meetings have not yet been set, but are anticipated to be held in late summer of 2021.

City Meetings, Process

Board of Public Works: May 19, 2021 – Amendment to contract Scope of Services