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City to hold State Street, Library Mall preconstruction meeting

City to hold State Street, Library Mall preconstruction meeting

Residents and students are invited to a preconstruction meeting about the reconstruction of the 700 and 800 blocks of State Street and Library Mall May 19, according to a release.

The reconstruction will create a public space at the intersection of State Street and East Campus Mall, officials said.

The meeting will start at 10 a.m. with a short presentation of the final design and planned construction staging, according to the release. Construction is anticipated to last through the summer and into the fall.

State Street and Library mall will stay open to pedestrian traffic through the project, officials said. Access to buildings will be maintained, but short-term closures are possible to complete utility construction and paving.

Staff from city of Madison engineering, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the design team and the project?s contractor will be available after the presentation to answer questions, according to the release.

Group wants to petition against Judge Doyle Square development

Group wants to petition against Judge Doyle Square development

A group is making a new push to stop the development of Judge Doyle Square.

Citizens Against Subsidized Hotels said it wants to start a petition to keep the city of Madison from subsidizing the development.

Members said they want the city to start putting issues like this up for a vote if Madison gives loans for more than $10 million or land giveaways.

The said it is risky, unfair and wasteful spending.

"It's unfair for many reasons, one is that we already have plenty of hotels in town that are operating in town with subsidy and then their city is subsidizing a competitor against them," Madison Mayor Paul Soglin said. "I think there's a real key issue here underlying what they are saying. And it's really an insult to the people of the city with their long legacy of participation and activism. It's an insult to the common council, which is so hard."

Construction to move food carts off State St. nearly 6 months

Construction to move food carts off State St. nearly 6 months

On the first official day of food cart season, the university said a nearly six-month construction project will relocate about 20 food cart vendors between May 19 and Oct. 31.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison said Tuesday that the new locations are still being finalized, but many will be in the East Campus Mall area near the University Club and several on North Lake Street between State Street and Langdon on the Memorial Library side.

Construction is scheduled to begin after the semester ends and is planned to conclude before the beginning of the fall semester, according to the university.

The newly constructed State Street Mall is expected to include new paving, lighting, seating areas and a raised pedestrian crosswalk at North Park Street.

The UW said Madison has had food carts since 1977. In 1990, there were 20 food carts downtown. Now the vendors are spread out in numerous locations.

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.

Rhythm & Booms Downtown Neighborhoods Meeting

Capitol Neighborhoods, Inc., Marquette Neighborhood Association and Alders Marsha Rummel and Mike Verveer invite neighbors to a meeting with Madison Festivals on Monday, March 10, at 7:00 p.m. at Capitol Lakes Retirement Community, Health Center Auditorium, 333 W. Main Street, to discuss the Saturday, June 28, Rhythm & Booms event.

The City of Madison and MFI want to hear what concerns neighbors have.  MFI will provide an update on the plans and the required City approvals that have not yet been granted.  Representatives from City agencies will also be in attendance.

 

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.