Dane County plans to buy land to make Capital City State Trail safer

MADISON, Wis. - Dane County plans to buy 15 acres of land to expand the Capital Springs Recreational Area and help improve bike safety on the Capital City State Trail, officials said.

The land is at the junction of East Clayton Road and County Road MM, and will realign the Capital City State Trail to improve safety, according to a release. The land will allow the county to improve how the trail crosses Highway MM.

“The Capital City Bike Trail is one of the most popular in Dane County,” County Executive Joe Parisi said in the release. “This acquisition is an important first step to making a high traffic crossing safer.”

The Capital Springs State Recreation Area is a joint project with Dane County Parks and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, which encompasses 2,519 acres south of Madison, stretching from Upper Mug Lake north and Lake Waubesa west to the Nevin Fish Hatchery lands.

Dane County’s 2017 budget has $420,000 allocated to start maintenance and repairs on more than nine miles of the Capital City Trail, according to the release. The lane will be purchased for $272,400 from the Schuepbach trust.

A resolution approving the purchase was introduced at last week’s County Board meeting.

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