City, county strike deal on Buckeye, Cottage Grove Rds

MADISON (WKOW) -- Officials with Dane County and the city of Madison have agreed to share costs for construction on Buckeye and Cottage Grove roads.

At a news conference Monday, Mayor Paul Soglin called out the county for holding the city hostage with the project. 

On Wednesday, the city announced a new plan. Dane County will continue to oversee the project but the city will be responsible for maintenance and snow removal when it's done, resolving the mayor's objection.

 It will allow the project to move forward, while sharing the financial responsibility, according to a statement from city officials. Several Madison alders and Dane County supervisors have agreed to introduce the compromise proposal to the common council and the county board. 

The construction project will rebuild Buckeye Road, or Highway AB, from Monona Drive to Stoughton Road starting next year. Cottage Grove Road, or Highway BB, will be worked on from North Star Drive to Sprecher Road in 2020. The Buckeye project is getting nearly $1 million in federal funding and the Cottage Grove work will get $3.45 million. 

Without a cost-sharing agreement between the city and the county, federal funding would be diverted to other projects, according to city officials.

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