Metered Parking on Capitol Square

By: Justin Williams
By: Justin Williams

John Kampshoer, the manager of the Capitol Square's Camera Company, bids adieu to at least one gripe common among customers.

"Our biggest complaint is that we don't have parking downtown, or I guess it's the biggest misconception, there's plenty of parking downtown, people just don't realize it."

Today Madison Mayor Dave Cieslewicz's 18–month effort to correct conception comes to fruition, as the city announces the return of metered parking on the Capitol Square.
According to Mayor Dave, "It really creates order and bustle and interest in this urban environment and I think it is gonna be one thing that helps bring life back to the Square."

Meanwhile, 4th district alder, Mike Verveer, says, "We're obviously trying to fit a (heckuva) lot in to a relatively narrow street and we're trying to deal with a lot of competing interests of motorists, pedestrians, bicyclists, parkers, delivery vehicles, buses, you name it."

The new design features parking on the inner portion of the Square, a lane for through traffic, a bike lane, then a lane for right turn vehicles and buses, in addition to the new spaces on the outer portion of the square...but this design is subject to change.

Verveer explains, "This is a pilot, if there are conflicts with bicyclists, if there are conflicts with delivery vehicles, we will have to address those."

In July, the city will conduct a comprehensive review of the current layout, and, if all is well, will begin to repave much of the road around the Capitol Square.

In the meantime, the city will begin to collect an estimated $25,000 a year in meter revenues, and John's customers will be content.

"Having spots in front of our location now, will let people be able to come in, get what they need and take off again," he concludes.

Verveer says the city already has 250–thousand dollars allocated for road improvements around the Square.

He explains they are scheduled to begin after the city reviews the new metered parking progress, later this summer.

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