Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway announces agreement to tackle road projects

MADISON, Wis (WMTV) - The City of Madison has new leaders at the helm. Newly-elected Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway, along with newly-elected and re-elected alderpersons, were sworn in on Tuesday afternoon.

“I am really excited. It was a great moment. I am excited to work with the new council, new council leadership and honestly my mind is just swirling with all the things I want to get done,” Rhodes-Conway said.

Right after being sworn in, Mayor Rhodes-Conway held a joint press conference with Dane Co. Executive Joe Parisi about road projects they will start in the coming months. She said she and Parisi will collaborate on two different projects that both the city and county will pay for.

The first would work to improve Buckeye Road on Madison’s East side between Monona Drive and Stoughton Road. Mayor Rhodes-Conway said one of her priorities is improving safety for pedestrians.

“The project adds curb, gutter, storm sewer and sidewalks to Buckeye,” she said.

The second project would improve Cottage Grove Road between the Interstate and Sprecher Road. Part of the project would include expanding it to four lanes.

She said they hope to start this project in 2020 and would cost around $7.5 million.

“When there is a will, there is a way and so something that was a logjam only a few weeks ago has been, you know a consensus has been made,” Parisi said.

Mayor Rhodes-Conway said she is excited to work with Parisi and get the projects done in a timely manner. She said they will start construction on the Buckeye project this year, and starting this week, the city will seek bids for the reconstruction.

Apart from road improvements, she said she would like to tackle affordable housing, transit and climate change.