Midtown Road will once again have to wait for its makeover. The rough-and-tumble road, which is shared by the city of Madison and the town of Verona, was scheduled to be resurfaced next year.
But the two municipalities couldn't reach an agreement. According to Madison city engineer Rob Phillips, the city originally proposed rebuilding the road to 30 feet wide, which would be enough for two lanes of traffic and bike lanes. But the town was not able to approve it.
"We came back with a more modest proposal without bike lanes, just resurfacing," Phillips says. The town agreed to that, but with the condition that the city annex the road. Phillips says the city will look at starting that process, but it will delay the project for another year.
Meantime, Phillips says, "We're going to go out and do some more patching on the city of Madison side. It's in poor condition. A lot of potholes."
Brett Farrey, who has lived on Midtown for about five years, calls the road one of the worst in Madison. "There's barely a shoulder because it's so worn in," he says. "They keep patching it, which makes it even worse."