Study shows northern route would not help Beltline

Southern route could help, but would be costly
Study shows northern route would not help Beltline

A Department of Transportation study about the future of the Beltline shows a north route through the Waunakee area wouldn’t help traffic congestion on the busy highway.

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.

A copy of the study [PDF] shows a southern alternative route might help ease congestion on the Beltline, but it would come at great cost and impact.

The Planning and Environment Linkages corridor study is also looking into bus rapid transit, potential rail options and additional Beltline buses. The presentation released Monday states that transit improvements are not expected to do much to ease Beltline congestion.

“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.”

The 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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