Capital City State Trail closes (copy)

The Capital City State Trail from Glacier Valley Road to Nob Hill Road in the city of Monona reopened this week. It closed Monday, July 9. The 6.5-mile stretch is expected to be under construction for six weeks.

The Capital City Trail between Fish Hatchery and Nob Hill roads reopened this week after more than four months undergoing renovations.

The renovation, which is phase one of a three-phase, $290,000 upgrade project to the trail, includes pavement resurfacing, drainage and accessibility improvements and better signage for rider safety and wayfinding, according to a Dane County news release. The 6.5-mile section of the trail was closed on July 9.

The improvements are the first done on the trail since it opened in 2000, the release said.

“We will continue to invest in our quality of life, our lakes, our parks and our trails,” County Executive Joe Parisi said in the release. “Whether it is the brand new Lower Yahara River Trail or the well-used Capital City Trail, Dane County will continue to lead the way on bike trails.”

According to the county release, the next phase of the project, which includes the portion of the trail from Fish Hatchery Road to Seminole Highway, is scheduled for 2019. The third and final phase of the project, from Seminole Highway to Verona Road, is planned for 2020.

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