Madison: Moving Forward Capital City Path Extension to Connect Glacial Drumlin State Trail
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~ The City of Madison has submitted an application for federal Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) funding to complete the final phase of the Capital City Trail. This project is critical in closing the gap between Madison and the Glacial Drumlin State Trail in Cottage Grove.

Tom Lynch, City of Madison Transportation Director, said, "For too long Dane County residents have been waiting for this critical Madison to the Glacial Drumlin State Trail extension. It has been a long process and we are grateful for the partnerships that led to this agreement on the path alignment and ability to move forward. We are excited to apply for federal funding to revive this project and close this gap."

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is also involved in this project, with Brigit Brown, DNR Recreation Management Section Chief, saying "This is a key connection in Wisconsin's trail network. The DNR is excited to work with state, county, and local partners to finally bring this project to fruition."

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The collaboration between the Wisconsin DNR, Wisconsin DOT, the City of Madison and Dane County has secured a corridor under Interstate 39/90 which will connect the east side of the Interstate with Wagon Trail. A Public Infrastructure Permit approved by the Wisconsin DOT will allow construction of the path under the Interstate along the rail corridor.

Dane County Parks is working closely with both parties on constructing a path east of Interstate 39/90 which had been on hold due to needing permission from Wisconsin DOT to cross it. The Village of Cottage Grove completed additional segments in 2021 connecting Glacial Drumlin Trailhead with Vilas Road; once completed, this route will be part of a 100+-mile bicycle and pedestrian path across Wisconsin.

The Transportation Alternatives Program provides federal funding for projects defined as transportation alternatives including construction of pedestrian and bicycle facilities; managed by Wisconsin DOT while Greater Madison MPO selects projects for funding in Madison region. If awarded funding, construction is anticipated in 2025 or 2026.

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