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Public information meetings scheduled for Madison Beltline study

August 29, 2013

To be held in Fitchburg, Monona, Madison, Westport and Middleton

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) Southwest Region will hold a series of public information meetings to introduce the Madison Beltline study that will identify and evaluate a range of potential strategies to address safety and mobility issues along the highway corridor. The study limits run from US 14 in Middleton to County N in Cottage Grove.

"The Madison Beltline links southwest Wisconsin to the nation, and provides an important connection between neighborhoods, businesses, communities, and regions," said WisDOT Southwest Region Project Manager Larry Barta. "Public participation will be critical to the study, and we encourage Beltline users as well as the general public to participate in this major effort."

Additional information on the study can be found at the Madison Beltline study page on the WisDOT web.

Initially constructed in the late 1950s, the Beltline is now a main east-west highway in the greater Madison area, carrying up to 112,000 vehicles per day. A 2008 operational needs assessment documented a number of deficiencies along the corridor. The deficiencies have grown to a level that Wisconsin’s Transportation Projects Commission authorized the study of long-term solutions addressing the following Beltline issues:

  • Travel demand and congestion
  • Roadway safety concerns
  • Limited accommodations for and integration of alternate travel modes

The initial phase of the study is called Planning and Environment Linkages (PEL). During the PEL phase, multiple corridors and strategies will be evaluated to determine how they address key needs. The PEL final report is expected in 2015. Recommended strategies and corridors will then be carried forward and examined in a future National Environmental Policies Act (NEPA) study, such as an environmental impact statement.

All five public meetings will present the identical information about the Beltline and will focus on study goals and objectives. They will be held on the following dates, times and locations:

Monday, September 9, 2013
Savannah Oaks Middle School, Fitchburg, 5890 Lacy Road
5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., with presentations at 6 p.m. and 7:15 p.m.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Monona Community Center Main Hall, 1011 Nichols Road
5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., with presentations at 6 p.m. and 7:15 p.m.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Madison Boys and Girls Club, 4619 Jenewein Road
6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., with presentations at 6:30 p.m. and 7:45 p.m.

Thursday, September 19, 2013
Westport Administration Building, 5387 Mary Lake Road, Waunakee
5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., with presentations at 6 p.m. and 7:15 p.m.

Monday, September 23, 2013
Middleton City Hall, 7426 Hubbard Avenue
5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., with presentations at 6 p.m. and 7:15 p.m.

Interested persons may attend any time during the allotted meeting times to review displays and other study materials, ask questions, and provide comments. WisDOT project staff will be available to explain the PEL study process and answer questions.

The meetings are wheelchair accessible. A Spanish language translator will be available at each location.

The Madison Beltline study web page can be found at the WisDOT web site, or in the Plans and Projects section at the WisDOT home page.

For more information, contact WisDOT Project Manager Larry Barta at (608) 246-3884;

Citizens who are deaf or hard of hearing and require an interpreter may request one by contacting the WisDOT Southwest Region at (608) 246-7928 at least three working days prior to the meeting

For more information, contact:
Project Manager Larry Barta, P.E., WisDOT SW Region 
(608) 246-3884,



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