$17.2 million pedestrian bridge approved for Winnequah Road

In a move to improve pedestrian safety in Monona, the city council has approved a foot bridge that will help citizens safely cross Winnequah Rd. The $17.2 million structure will be located between the intersections of Graham and Frost Woods.

“It’s been a long time coming,” said a local resident.

Construction of the bridge will begin this spring, said Mayor Bob Miller. “We hope to have it completed by mid-fall.”

The bridge is the final compromise on pedestrian safety on Winnequah Road, where kids are struck by speeding cars “at an alarming frequency” said Alderman Chad Speight. “We estimate that, without this bridge, Monona’s population will dwindle by about 7% due to deaths on Winnequah Road.”

The new bridge will be state of the art – pleasing to the eye as well as functional.

“On the west side of the bridge there will be a handicap accessible bathroom at the base,” said Alderman Jeff Wiswell. “No longer will fear of bladder issues stop people from walking down Winnequah.”

The lights in the bathroom, as well as those on both sides of the bridge, will be powered by a state-of-the-art solar panel system, which will rest strategically on top of the bathroom roof – thus avoiding any unsightly panels sticking up into the sky.

The bridge will feature a spiral staircase on both sides to the walkway with railings made of Baldacian Spanish Steel to prevent rusting. Gold filigree will be inlaid into the railings.

The walkway across Winnequah will be enclosed by strong wire mesh, to prevent idiots from falling or climbing over. A water fountain will be installed at the halfway point across the bridge.

For bikers or those with issue climbing stairs, each side of the bridge will have a high-speed elevator to take you to the top. The glass enclosed elevator will offer a beautiful view of the road as you are whisked to the top.

As a final touch, the bridge is a drawbridge, allowing it to be raised in case anyone driving down Winnequah has their yacht in tow.

“Forcing boat owners to drive around the bridge the extra block isn’t environmentally friendly,” explained alderman Doug Wood.

With regard to financing, Mayor Miller says it will take “No tax increase.” Instead, the city will borrow necessary funds.

The city said that similar footbridges are being considered for Broadway (near Ahuska Park), several locations on Monona Drive, and on Nichols Drive.


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  1. @ester

     /  March 14, 2012

    Come one. That is not cool. Janus take that down.

  2. @ester

     /  March 14, 2012

    lonely life?

  3. Really?

     /  March 14, 2012

    I’ll tell you what ESTER is!!!!

    J – E – A – L – O – U – S

    I miss the good old days when people were happy for you if you spent your life working hard, and then you got to enjoy it without people making bitchy comments.


  4. Fred

     /  March 14, 2012

    I think ester has a good point here. Talk about the convenience all she would need is a Madison Metro bus stop in her front yard so she can get downtown to P-A-R-T-Y!

  5. @Really?

     /  March 14, 2012

    Good thing we heard you and @ester saying the same thing when all the other nasty people came out of the wood-works when other people and politicians are attacked…. O-Wait thats right you never did. At least Ester is honest.

  6. Another 1 for the 1%

     /  March 14, 2012

    Wow just another perk for the One Percenters. Nothing like living the life traveling everywhere while the rest of the 99% are working our asses off to make our mortgage payments. Maybe the Occupy Madison folks can Occupy the ritzy Lake Monona Shore via Graham Park. Hell their next door neighbor probably wouldn’t mind it considering the Recall sign in the front yard.

  7. MononaRail

     /  March 15, 2012

    I heard that when the MononaRail is built, the bridge will server as a loading/unloading platform for one of the MononaRails many stops. Smart planning alders!

  8. Diamond

     /  March 15, 2012

    Put that bridge across Monona Drive to Walgreens and one to Copps! It’s more dangerous to walk at the proper signaled locations then it is to just cross whenever traffic isn’t coming – which is rare!

  9. Robbie

     /  March 16, 2012

    We do not need a bridge to no where in Monona.

    This can all be handled by just having one or two Monona police officers patrol lower Winnequah for the majority of their shifts.

    Yes, you do have to occasionally call Wally and ask him where the officers went and why they are no longer patrolling lower Winnequah. Bam! Officers reappear and start running radar on lower Winnequah.

    Can anyone explain why we went away from this practice?
    Bob? Wally?

  10. Anonymous

     /  March 16, 2012

    re:”Yes, you do have to occasionally call Wally and ask him where the officers went and why they are no longer patrolling lower Winnequah. Bam! Officers reappear and start running radar on lower Winnequah.

    Can anyone explain why we went away from this practice?
    Bob? Wally?”

    I’d guess that if they spend a few days in the same area, people catch on pretty quick, and the number of stops/tickets decreases. Thus they move on other areas until Winnequah gets bad again. There is a whole city that pays taxes and deserves police protection too you know.

  11. Lamar

     /  March 16, 2012

    I figured out why the cops are down there all the time. Sunny, Rob And Bob are always serving donuts.

  12. Robbie

     /  March 16, 2012

    How about we ask Wally and Pat to pass out flyers about speeding? There was that time where I had them………….oh forget it.

  13. Dismarambu

     /  May 18, 2012

    First, I am not a Kahl fan or apologist. It piesss me off he never has had to run against anyone for mayor. I also think Scott Walker and the Brothers Fitzgerald are corrupt arrogant f***sticks. But if you think for one minute there is going to be some sort of progressive take over or turn around of this state, you aren’t being real. That’s not how this works. The only turnaround will happen when we get back to working across the aisle. Nearly 50% of this state supports what Walker did. Remember that. As for Kahl, my point about the dem primary is that he will have to defend his record. But your inability to point to a problem with his mayoral record is a problem. Stop ranting and start getting specific about the right-wing actions he took as mayor (good luck on that) or nobody will listen to your accusations because a couple of small, past political donations and a rumored job offer that he turned down (!) ain’t gonna prove your point.

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