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New shared bus and bike lanes come to West Washington Avenue

Newly-painted street signs delineate dedicated bus and bicycle lanes from a common lane of traffic along both directions of West Washington Avenue in Madison, Wis., Wednesday, November 3, 2021.

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Driving around the awkwardly blockade on West Washington Avenue and sharing a lane between two cars is close to being a thing of the past.

Milfred and Hands like Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway’s commitment to improving public transportation in Madison. A fast and modern bus system has long been expected. But those tall, flashy “bus rapid transit” vehicles she’s bringing to Madison — with $80 million in help from the federal government — don’t need to rumble up and down State Street, the city’s major shopping and entertainment district. . Instead, Madison’s Signature Street should become a grand promenade for outdoor cafes, public art, trees, and music. Buses can stop nearby and still take people where they need to go. In this week’s episode of “Center Stage, With Milfred and Hands,” our political podcasters discuss the State Journal’s editorial board meeting with Meyer last week and audio clips of Rhodes-Conway’s objections to a true walk on State Street. Travelers play for the mall, which is downtown. Traders and advocates have demanded.

New shared bike and bus lanes were put on the major downtown road on Wednesday, the most recent milestone for a two-block resurfacing project that has closed the road between Broome and Bedford Streets since July.

A scarce amount of cars are still parked around the road blockade and workers laid straw on the ground next to the sidewalk on Wednesday afternoon, a sign that the road makeover is not completely complete.

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The city’s transport department did not respond to multiple calls and emails on Wednesday asking whether the road would be fully reopened to normal traffic, although officials had previously said construction was due to end this month. .

Once ready, eastbound buses will turn left from Bassett Street onto West Washington Avenue and then share the lane with bikes while making stops along the road. Westbound buses turning from Broome Street to West Washington Avenue will have similar markings, while opposite sides of the road will have one land and one bike lane for vehicular traffic.

Once completed, the new lanes will help divert local bus routes away from State Street, a long-standing desire of businesses along the popular strip.


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