Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Reconstruction of county trunk highway AB (Buckeye Road) in Madison WI: July site visit

6/23/2019 update, "The saga of county trunk highway AB (Buckeye Road in Madison WI).  Amazing what happens when the curmudgeon is voted out of office", starts here.

Chance to reconstruct Buckeye Road on East Side narrows as city, county dispute details.  (Wisconsin State Journal, 3/7/2019)
But while the county wants the city to agree to take on responsibility for future maintenance and repair of what is now technically a county-owned road, the city is balking at the notion of having to pay for a road while city residents already pay county taxes — including a $28 wheel tax instituted last year — that are supposed to go toward county road costs.
Madison, Dane County trading offers on Buckeye Road reconstruction, no agreement yet.  (Capital Times, 3/16/2019)
Still at odds over the long-term care of a busy stretch of a main east-side thoroughfare, Madison Mayor Paul Soglin is requesting that Dane County eliminate a policy that allows the county to shift road maintenance responsibilities to a city, town or village as a requirement for funding road reconstruction. 
On March 12, the city rejected an offer from the county for the reconstruction of Buckeye Road, which is also county Highway AB. Earlier in the day, Dane County Executive Joe Parisi endorsed Soglin’s opponent in the mayor’s race, Satya Rhodes-Conway.
Madison, Dane County executives announce agreement on Buckeye Road project.  (Capital Times, 4/17/2019)
The project, which was at a standstill under former mayor Paul Soglin’s administration, will reconstruct Buckeye Road — or County Highway AB — from Monona Drive to Stoughton Road, including adding sidewalks where there are none, curbs, gutters and storm sewers. 
Under the agreement, Rhodes-Conway and Dane County Executive Joe Parisi announced the city and county would share the cost of reconstruction, and Dane County would maintain jurisdiction. The county will continue to plow snow on Buckeye Road this winter with the city picking up winter maintenance in the 2020-2021.

Original 11/20/2018 post, "This stretch of county trunk highway AB (Buckeye Road in Madison WI) to be reconstructed to urban standards", starts here.

Related reading:
City of Madison, Dane County to share Buckeye, Cottage Grove Road construction costs.  (WMTV, 7/19/2018)
Explained:  What's up with Buckeye and Cottage Grove roads?  (Capital Times, 8/1/2018)
Transportation planning board transfers federal funds from Buckeye Road project.  (Capital Times, 8/2/2018)

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