Capital City Trail Pavement Restoration
Dane County Parks is undertaking the first major upgrade to the Capital City State Trail since its completion in 2000 by repaving the original 9.5 miles of trail from Nob Hill Road to Verona Road to improve both ride and safety. The project is anticipated to be completed in three phases in three years, 2018-2020. Phase one was completed in 2018 and phases two and three are anticipated to follow in consecutive years.
Phase 1 – Nob Hill Road to Glacier Valley Road
Project Status: Completed, OPEN
Dane County was awarded a $45,000 Recreational Trails Program grant and a $245,000 Stewardship Grant from the DNR for 6.5 miles of trail restoration on phase one from Nob Hill Road to Glacier Valley Road. Payne and Dolan was awarded the Bid of $948,200 for phase one. The restoration work included culvert replacements, gravel base and shoulder restoration, milling/pulverizing existing asphalt and new asphalt resurfacing, ADA compliant detectable warning panels at crossings, centerline striping, and signage updates with the implementation of the Capital City Trail Wayfinding Plan.
Phase 2 – Fish Hatchery Road to Seminole Highway
Project Status: Completed, OPEN
Dane County was awarded a $74,000 Urban Rivers grant for bridge replacement and a $146,000 Recreational Trail Program grant from the DNR for nearly 2 miles of trail restoration from Seminole Highway to Fish Hatchery Road. Restoration work included asphalt replacement, gravel shoulder restoration, realignment of an “S” curve turn and bridge replacement west of Fish Hatchery Road, ADA compliant detectable warning panels at crossings, centerline striping. Wayfinding signage will also be installed.
Phase 3 – Seminole Highway to Bike Roundabout
Project Status: Construction documents completed 2019.
Anticipated Schedule: Construction in 2020
Scope: Pavement restoration, drainage improvements, ADA compliant detectable warning panels at crossings, centerline striping, and Wayfinding signage.
Phase 4 – Bike Roundabout to Verona Road
Project Status: Planning and Design 2020
Anticipated Schedule: Construction in 2021
Scope: Pavement restoration and stormwater improvements, ADA compliant detectable warning panels at crossings, centerline striping, and wayfinding signage. Dane County is working with the City of Madison and City of Fitchburg to investigate potential stormwater improvements at the Dunn’s Marsh Bike Roundabout that will be coordinated with proposed MMSD utility improvements. Dates will be updated as the project develops.
- Phase 2 Project Info & Alternative Routes Map (PDF)
- Capital City Trail Restoration Phases (PDF)
- Online Bicycle Mapping from the Madison Area Transportation Planning Board (MPO):
- 11/14/2019 Dane County Announces Reopening of Capital City Trail
- 9/23/2019 Capital City Trail to Close for Major Pavement Restoration
- 2/6/2019 Selective Tree Removals along Capital City Trail Begin This Month
- 11/26/18 Capital City Trail Open - Pavement Restoration Project Complete (Phase 1)
- 8/31/18 Capital City Trail Status and Dane County Parks Flooding Update
- 8/21/18 Capital City Trail Closed Due to Storm Damage
- 6/27/18 Capital City Trail to Close for Major Improvements
- 4/13/18 Capital City Trail to Get Major Improvements Over Summer
Dane County Parks Division
5201 Fen Oak Drive
Madison, WI 53718