City, county agree to McKee Road repairs

Mark Ignatowski

The City of Fitchburg and Dane County recently agreed on how to pay for repairs to McKee Road, which is also County Hwy. PD.

Drivers along McKee Road should have a smoother commute before next winter hits.


City of Fitchburg and Dane County officials have agreed to deal that would fix McKee Road and transfer responsibility for maintenance and future repairs to the city in the next few years.


Elected leaders for the city and county will likely agree to terms of the deal later this month, but officials finally came to a conclusion about the bumpy stretch of road between Fish Hatchery Road and U.S. Hwy. 18/151 Monday.


The Fitchburg Common Council last month directed city staff to work on an agreement with county staff. The $3 million deal features the city and county cost-sharing 50/50.


City administrator Tony Roach told the Star that an agreement would have to be made by April 1 for any repair work to be included in the county’s bidding process for 2014.


The agreement reached Monday includes:

• Removal and repaving of the asphalt

• Removal of and replacement of the base course material and installment of underdrains to allow water to flow away from the roadway, which should result in less pavement heaving.

• Snow removal by the city starting in 2016

• The city taking over maintenance of the road by Jan. 1, 2020


The city is also in the midst of applying for a grant that would take the Badger Ridge State Trail crossing underneath McKee Road. If the grant is approved, the county would share in half the local costs, as well.

The Common Council next meets April 8. The County Board next meets April 3.

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