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Public hearing to discuss Madison Transit Service changes

Public hearing to discuss Madison Transit Service changes

Metro Transit and the City of Madison Transit and Parking Commission will hold a public hearing at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, April 9, according to a city of Madison press release.

The meeting will be held at the Madison Municipal Building, 215 Martin Luther King Junior Blvd., in room 260.

The hearing will discuss proposed service changes to Routes 8, 14, 15, 19, 26, 36, 44, 48, 50, 59, 70, 71, 72, 73, 74 and 78. Changes are proposed to go into effect during the last week of August.

People are encouraged to attend the public hearing to give feedback. To submit comments on the Metro changes online, visit mymetrobus.com/feedback.

City: Pothole season will be longer, not as severe

City: Pothole season will be longer, not as severe

Madison potholes will become more prevalent as the weather warms up, and the city is already racing to fill more than 15,000 of them.

The cold and the rain put stress on the roads, causing potholes to pop up all over the city.

George Dreckmann with the Madison Streets Division said the year's winter will make the season longer, but that doesn't necessarily mean more potholes.

"Because the frost went so deep this year, the thawing is going to take a little bit longer and that means the pothole season is going to spread out, but it's not going to be quite as severe," Dreckmann said.

The city will temporarily fill potholes and then finish with something more permanent in the summer. They said they'll try to fill them within 24 hours of being reported.

Delays expected during East Johnson Street utility work

Delays expected during East Johnson Street utility work

Utility companies will start installing buried facilities on East Johnson Street at Butler, Hamilton and Livingston streets on Monday, according to a release.

The project scheduled to start on Monday is in addition to the East Johnson Street reconstruction project that has preliminary start date of May 6, officials said.

Utility work schedule:

Meeting scheduled to discuss proposed Lower Yahara River Trail

A public information meeting is scheduled to discuss the first phase of building the Lower Yahara River Trail, according to a release.

The trail will be a combination of paved surfaces, boardwalks and bridges that will span from the Capital City Trail at Lake Farm Road to McDaniel Park in McFarland, officials said. The trail is expected to reduce trespassing issues and improve safety on the active rail line that parallels portions of the proposed trail.

Plans for shore fishing near the railroad trestle on Lake Waubesa are also included in the proposal, according to the release. The trail is expected to be a commuting link for off-road bikes from southeastern Dane County to the downtown Madison area.

Extreme cold keeps water main repair crews busy

Extreme cold keeps water main repair crews busy

The extreme cold is creating lots of work for the local water utility.

Madison Water Utility spokeswoman Amy Barrilleaux said that seven water main breaks throughout the city Tuesday morning had all the department's repair crews out. 

Barrilleaux said mains broke Tuesday on:

  • Barby Lane
  • Mohican Pass
  • Havey Road
  • Kingsbridge Road
  • Tokay Boulevard
  • Nautilus Drive
  • and at East Main & Paterson streets

The harsh dip in temperatures is the cause of the multiple breaks, Barrilleaux said. It also makes fixing the breaks difficult. 

"It always makes things a little bit slower because our crews have to take breaks and warm up," she said. The icy streets also have to be salted and drains plowed to take care of the extra water in the roadways. 

But she said the Madison Water Utility prepares for tough weather. 

Crews work overnight to finish plowing residential streets

Crews work overnight to finish plowing residential streets

Madison declared a snow emergency Sunday after several inches of snow fell on southern Wisconsin overnight complicating travel.

Madison's Streets Division said Sunday morning the snow emergency would be in effect through 7 a.m. Tuesday.

Streets superintendent Chris Kelley said 84 crews worked through the night into Monday morning finishing plowing residential streets.

Kelley said crews also worked on salt routes overnight to handle the additional inch of snow that fell through the night.

Kelley said crews will work on clearing up vision hazards and opening up bus stops for the next 7 to 10 days. They also expect to send more crews out
Monday evening to clean up downtown streets.

Residents were asked to find off-street parking if possible. Free parking is available at city-owned parking lots, the department said. Residents can park for no charge from 9 p.m. through 7 a.m. during the snow emergency.

Local food options open in Dane County Airport

Local food options open in Dane County Airport

Local options to grab a bite to eat have grown at the Dane County Airport.

The new Metcalfe's "Local To Go" Market opened Monday alongside the Great Dane and a recently re-branded and expanded Ancora Coffee as food options at the airport.

"It's important to have these here. This introduces people to the personality of our county with some of our restaurants and one of our themed coffee shops. It also is a nice place for people either leaving or coming who live here," said Dane County Executive Joe Parisi.

The additions are part of a $250,000 investment.

The market and the second-floor Ancora can be found near gates 7 and 8. There's also an Ancora before the security check.