City of Madison, Dane County to share Buckeye, Cottage Grove Road construction costs

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MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) -- Members of the Dane County Board and Madison City Council have reached an agreement on the funding and cost-sharing for upcoming road construction projects on Buckeye Road.

Madison Mayor Paul Soglin said the county was holding the city hostage with the project during a press conference where he announced he would not run for re-election to be mayor again in 2019.

The compromise does not include a jurisdictional transfer as part of these projects, instead — focusing on shared snow plowing and maintenance services, according to an announcement on Wednesday.

The City of Madison and Dane County wish to reconstruct Buckeye Road/CTH AB from Monona Drive to Stoughton Road in 2019 and Cottage Grove Road/CTH BB from North Star Drive to Sprecher Road in 2020.

$920,000 in federal funding has been secured for the Buckeye/AB project through the Madison Area Transportation Planning Board (MATPB), requiring a local match of $2.62 million and, $3.45 million in federal funding has been secured for the Cottage Grove/BB project through the MATPB, requiring a local match of $2.3 million.

Federal funding cannot be utilized without a cost-sharing agreement between the City and Dane County to fund the local share, and without such agreement, the federal funding will be diverted to other projects or lost.

Madison alders and Dane County supervisors are submitting to their respective bodies a compromise proposal providing the project portions of both Buckeye and Cottage Grove Roads will remain under the jurisdiction of Dane County.

The compromise proposal will also include that after completion of reconstruction, the City of Madison will be responsible for routine maintenance of both roadways, including snow and ice control as well as pavement patching.

The council's resolution will be introduced on July 24 at a council meeting.