Meeting for Pickford Street reconstruction

The City is planning to reconstruct Pickford Street from Gregory to Monroe streets during the summer and fall of 2011.  There will be a public meeting to discuss the plans:

Thursday March 17, 2011
6:30-7:30 PM
Predolin Humanities Center, Room #116
Edgewood College

All residents and occupants within the project limits have been invited.  The City has also invited the Friends of Lake Wingra, the Dudgeon Monroe Neighborhood Association, and Arboretum groups.

If you have questions, contact City Engineer Janet Dailey at 261-9688 or at jdailey@cityofmadison.com .

Recent street projects in the area

Because Pickford Street is steep and slopes towards nearby Lake Wingra, erosion during construction is an important issue.  If construction isn't managed properly, muddy runoff could fertilize Lake Wingra, leading to toxic algae blooms and beach closures.  Recent reconstruction projects in the area have a mixed record for erosion control...

Edgewood Ave reconstruction by Speedway Sand and Gravel was a disaster, with several major spills of sediment to Lake Wingra. A environmental lawsuit was filed by citizens. We can't let something like this happen again!

The Gilmore Street reconstruction (Parisi Construction) went well, showing that good planning, innovative techniques, and attention to detail can make a big difference.

Lower Pickford St stormwater project.  There were some problems, including two 5-gallon buckets of sealing tar dumped in Lake Wingra, again by Speedway Sand and Gravel.  If Speedway isn't decertified from bidding, they may be the low bidder on this new project--and then we'd be stuck with a mess.

Find out about rain garden opportunities

Usually, when streets are reconstructed, the city will build a rain garden on your terrace if you volunteer, and share costs with you.  Find out at the meeting if your terrace may be suitable.

Link to map of project area.

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