You may have noticed that I am a little behind in my weekly updates. This is largely due to all of the work that has been happening! Besides my standing committee, and normally assigned commissions and boards, a group of us has been working to find a way forward with Cottage Grove Road and Buckeye Road.
City Alders David Ahrens, Mark Clear, and Amanda Hall joined County Board Supervisors Kelly Danner, Jamie Kuhn, Jeff Pertl, and myself, in collaboration with Executive Parisi and county staff, came together to work out a solution we felt was acceptable to each entity involved, and achieved what we all wanted which is to have Cottage Grove Road and Buckeye Road repaired and improved for the community.
Resolutions were introduced to both legislative bodies today, you can read the press release here.
Summary of the resolutions:
- City and County will jointly pay for the reconstruction
- City and County have already both invested substantial time and resources in the planning, design, and property acquisition
- Failure to reach an agreement could result in a loss of $4.4 million in federal assistance
- Shared goals are to address the substandard road condition, lack of sidewalks, improvements to pedestrian safety, especially adjacent to Allis Elementary School.
- Madison Alders and Dane County Supervisors have been working with the Dane County Executive as well as City and County staff to resolve these outstanding issues, including making several compromise proposals
- Dane County agrees to financially support the construction projects on County Highways AB (Buckeye Rd.) and BB (Cottage Grove Rd.) under the standard cost-sharing agreement.
- City of Madison agrees to accept responsibility for routine maintenance of the roadways, including snow and ice control and pavement patching, while the County agrees to forgo the jurisdictional transfer of both road projects at this time.
From here the decision will lie with the Madison Area Transportation Planning Board (MATPB), which will vote the first week of August as to whether to remove the Federal funding from these projects and reallocate it to other projects.
I am especially grateful to Supervisor Pertl for his leadership in this process, and Alder Clear's long-time service to the MPO, having served 10 years, and providing important perspective of transportation and planning. I am incredibly thankful to our counterparts at the city for always being willing to sit down and talk about how to achieve a shared goal, while working through some big challenges.
Please feel free to reach out with any questions. This has been an extreme learning process for those of us new to transportation, and we would be happy to share any information with you.