DOT to hold meetings on Beltline safety, mobility study

Preliminary findings from study will be presented at meetings
DOT to hold meetings on Beltline safety, mobility study

The Department of Transportation has scheduled a series of public involvement meetings to discuss preliminary findings of a study working on safety and mobility issues along the Beltline.

The Planning and Environment Linkages corridor study is looking into bus rapid transit, potential rail options, additional Beltline buses, a north Mendota corridor, a south reliever corridor and Beltline improvements, according to a release.

Many of the strategies have been investigated in the past 10 years by the city, county and state, officials said. The new study looks at how well strategies address current regional transportation and Beltline challenges.

“We encourage the public to attend a meeting to learn about the preliminary findings and provide us with insights and feedback about this important corridor,” WisDOT project manager Larry Barta said in the release. “It’s important to note that these are not the final recommendations; rather, these are preliminary findings that we want feedback on as we continue to refine our work in advance of the environmental impact study.”

Information will be presented at eight meetings:

Tuesday — Madison Central Public Library, Room 302, 201 W. Mifflin St.

11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., with a presentation at 12:15 p.m.
5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., with a presentation at 6 p.m.

Wednesday — McFarland High School Cafeteria, 5103 Farwell St.

5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Presentation at 6 p.m.

Nov. 17 — Middleton High School – Performing Arts Center, 2100 Bristol St.

5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Presentation at 6 p.m.

Nov. 19 — Boys & Girls Club Gym, 4619 Jenewein Road, Fitchburg

2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., with a presentation at 3 p.m.
5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. with a presentation at 6 p.m.

Dec. 1 — Glacial Drumlin Middle School Cafeteria, 801 Damascus Trail, Cottage Grove

5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Presentation at 6 p.m.

Dec. 3 — Centro Hispano of Dane County, 810 W. Badger Road

5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Presentation at 6 p.m.

WisDOT representatives will be available at the meetings to explain the study process and answer questions on an individual basis, according to the release.

When there are final recommended strategies and corridors, they will be carried forward and examined in a future National Environmental Policies Act study, such as an environmental impact statement, officials said.

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