and Status of the Path proposal.
2000 -- This initiative was started
in early 2000 and the concept has received endorsements in writing by the
U.W.-Madison Bicycle and Pedestrian Subcommittee, by the U.W.-Madison Transportation
Services Committee, by Madison City alders, County Board members and by
many other organizations and individuals. In early 2000, a brief presentation
was given to the City of Madison Pedestrian/Bicycle/Motor Vehicle Commission
and that Commission has expressed strong support for the proposal. A more
complete proposal was presented
to the City in late July 2000. Since that time, additional details
have been added to the proposal and there have been meetings with city
and county staff.
2001 -- Meetings were held with
downtown and near east- and west- side City alders and the path received
universal endorsement. Meetings were held with developers for the
Findorff properties and state rail officials were contacted to see if
right-of-way issues could be resolved. In a December 2001 Isthmus
article, Madison Mayor Susan Bauman committed to working to develop "the
missing link trail".
2002 -- In April of 2002 the city
of Madison applied for Transportation Enhancement Funds to design and construct
the path from Camp Randall to Monona Bay. That grant application
will be reviewed by the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO)
and the Wisc. Dept. of Transportation over the spring and summer of 2002.
A decision on that application will be made in late summer or fall of 2002.
all goes well construction could start in 2004. At the
annual City bicycle/pedestrian public hearing on April 23rd the "Missing
Link" path was supported by speakers and written submission. Madison
TV Channel 3 aired an interview with John Coleman speaking for the path
at the public hearing. The Madison paper The Capital Times
published an article
on April 25th about the City's and citizens support for the " Missing
Link". It is encouraging that the City is applying for funds for
the path but the path is far from certain. The City, State and University
still need to hear from the public that this is a priority. Contact the
officials below to express your support
for the project.
of the SouthWest Path continues to grow and there is even talk of the
need to widen the path to accommodate the pedestrian and bicycle traffic.
With completion of the Nob Hill section of the John Nolen Path (Lake
Monona Path) in the fall of 2002 the "Missing Link" will be the only
gap in an 18 mile recreational loop. This loop
through the Nine Springs E-Way and central Madison would provide
excellent off-street recreational biking.
October 2002 FUNDED
October 9th, 2002 Federal funding for the "Missing Link" passed the final
hurdle and Wisconsin's governor signed
the final approval of 1.4 million federal dollars for this 1.8 million
dollar project. The remaining 20% of the funds will need to be provided
from local sources as a "match" for the federal funds. The release
of the federal Statewide Multi-modal Improvement Program (SMIP) funds for
the "Missing Link" was covered in news articles in the Wisconsin
State Journal and the Daily
Reporter . For more information on the details of the federal funding
and local match contact Madison City Engineering's Arthur Ross at 266-6225
Construction of the Nob
Hill connection between the John Nolen Path and the Capital City Trail
began Oct. 14th. Which leaves only construction of the "Missing Link" to
close the 18 mile
through the Nine Springs E-Way and central Madison.
February 2004 Preliminary
Plans out and available for review. February 26th a public
meeting was held for review of preliminary plans. The materials from
that meeting are available here, below. Please comment to "Matthew Yentz"
and "Anthony Fernandez" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
before the end of March.
--Public Information Meeting Handout
--Maps of Path, from west to east:
Randall to Charter.
Mills to Murray.
Murray to West Washington.
Main St. to North Shore
--Cross-sections of the path at various locations:
Randall to Charter.
Charter to Brooks.
Brooks to Park.
Park to Murray.
Murray to Doty.
Doty to North Shore Drive.
December 2004 Construction
to Begin Spring of 2005. During the winter contracting
will be completed and construction is expected to begin in June, 2005.
If all goes well construction should be completed by October 15 of 2005.
October sounds like the time for a fall bike party!
Based on comments received last spring, the city
redesigned the western portion of the path to be approximately a foot wider
than originally proposed. The minimum width will be 11 feet, with most
of the path being 12 feet wide. In addition, there will be a gutter or
paved shoulder along most of the path. It looks like there will be no path
access point at Park Street but the current construction will not preclude
that as an option to be added in later years. The path will follow the
route as shown in the maps below. In the section approaching Northshore
Drive the path will be on the northeast side of the rail tracks, where
the warehouses were torn down last summer. The maps available under the
February 2004 update (above) are the most detailed and accurate.
October 2005 Construction
near complete at east and west end but delay in final Path completion.
for a few photos of the construction as of October 19th. The photos
were taken from the east end (starting at Northshore Drive) to the west
end (ending near Randall). The west and east ends of the path have
been paved (Phases A
see below). Phases A and B will be opened this fall, hopefully by mid-November.
and D are
still up in the air. Murray Street is still a big hole in the ground where
U.W. is working on utilities. If you have any pull with U.W. see if you
can get them to speed it up a bit. But the big hold-up is at Brooks Street
where the retaining wall has to be redesigned and installed. According
to City staff there's no-way it will get done before spring. There is hope
that the east end can be completed to the Murray Street underpass, so contact
City Engineering if you'd
particularly like to see that completed this fall.
At this point things are a little disappointing
I'll we'll have continue to use snow,
I mean, bike lanes through the winter but the current mid-May completion
date will be a great time for a path opening celebration. If the paving
just makes it to the Murray Street underpass this fall at least I'll
, I mean, we'll have access to the Khol Center and the good bike
lanes on Dayton Street.
July 2006 Construction will be complete by August 18th with official opening soon after.
There still needs to be some work done on the section between Park and
Mills Streets but it's nearing completion. After that it's just some
minor details like signage and striping and by the way the deep curb
cut at West Main St. is supposed to be smoothed out. Unfortunately the
contractor seemed to think folks would be driving SUVs and wouldn't
mind a little jolt as they crossed the street.
If you'd like to suggest a name for the new path go here
and send me your suggestion or vote for the names that have been previously
suggested. I will pass the suggested names on to city staff and work to
get the most popular name assigned to the path. At this point, according
to the City, the default name if you don't vote is "The Northeast Trending
Extension of the Southwest Multimodal Pedestrian/Bicycle Facility".
Last I heard, the City had agreed to name the new path the
"Greenbush Link" or the "Greenbush Grade" as a segment of the Southwest
Path. Exactly how that will appear on the signs is still up in the air.
I just hope that the segment name is large enough that you don't need
binoculars to read it.
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Project Phases (Section
Update: the full path is being constructed in 2005. However the maps are
There has been discussion with the University
and City about possible phasing the construction of the path. Whether or
not the project will be built in phases or all at once remains to be seen.
In any case, there are 4 logical subdivisions to the proposed path.
The 4 sections of path differ in current use, ownership, number of street
crossings, and short term goals. Click on the map or links below
to see more information on the individual phases.
A - Randall St. to Mills St.
B - West Washington to Northshore Drive
C - Murray St. to West Washington
D - Mills St. to Murray St.
you can do to help make this path a reality: (Don't
worry about this section. The path will be a reality in 2005, thanks to
all those that did raise the issue at meetings and did contact city/state
staff and officials)
-Raise this issue at public hearings and meetings whenever transportation
-Distribute flyers at meetings & public events. For copies
contact me (see below) or download and print the linked flyer
(can be opened with most word-processors) and map
(print with any graphics program).
Contact the people who can make this happen. Ask them to:
- preserve the right-of-way by retaining public ownership and
- prevent and reverse conflicting use or allocation of the public
- begin the planning process for development of the path.
- begin identifying funding sources for path construction.
people to contact are:
the Regional and State Level
initiative was begun by a time-starved bicycle commuter. If it is to be
successful, the State, City and University staff and representatives need
to hear from you.
15 minute to half hour introductory presentation on this proposal is available
to interested community groups. Contact John at colemanjj at yahoo. com for more information.
share, and/or post this information. For copies of a flyer that can
be distributed at community and local government meeting, contact colemanjj at yahoo. com .
For information about the inclusion of the "Missing
Link" proposal in the
Metropolitan Planning Organization
Bike Plan click
be kept updated, click here on update
and send me a blank e-mail with subject line of "Update". I'll
put you on my bike path e-mailing list.
volunteer time toward this effort, click here on volunteer
and send me a blank e-mail with a subject line of "Volunteer".
you for your interest and support.
link to the Bicycle Community Page click