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Dane County Land & Water Resources Department

Capital City Trail Open - First Phase of Pavement Restoration Project Complete

November 26, 2018
Alex DeSmidt, Parks Facility Planner 608) 221-7212;
Land & Water Resources

Capital City Trail Open

First Phase of Pavement Restoration Project Complete


MADISON, WI – November 26, 2018:  The Capital City Trail is now open between Nob Hill Road and Fish Hatchery Road following the completion of a 6.5-mile pavement restoration project.


The pavement restoration project was the first major upgrade to the trail since it opened in 2000 and was the first phase in a multi-year, multi-phase effort by Dane County Parks to improve the safety and ride of approximately 10-miles of the Capital City Trail.


Phase two of the pavement restoration project is anticipated to start in 2019 between Fish Hatchery Road and Seminole Highway. Phase three from Seminole Highway to Verona Road is anticipated to start in 2020. All phases include pavement resurfacing, drainage improvements, ADA improvements, and signage upgrades including new wayfinding signage. Additional project information is available at:


The 10-mile county portion of the Capital City Trail through the Capital Springs Recreation Area and Lewis Nine Springs E-Way is part of the Wisconsin State Trail System and connects local trails like the City of Madison’s portion of the Capital City Trail, Fitchburg’s Cannonball Path, and Dane County’s new Lower Yahara River Trail with the Badger State Trail and Military Ridge State Trail.


“Dane County has a vibrant culture of biking, and we are home to some of the best bike trails in the country,” said Dane County Executive Joe Parisi. “We will continue to invest in our quality of life, our lakes, our parks and our trails. 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.”


A new trailhead parking lot was also constructed earlier this year at 3102 Lake Farm Road Madison, WI 53711 to provide trail users better access to the new Lower Yahara River Trail and Capital City Trail. Dane County is recognized nationally as a bronze level bike friendly community. For information about biking in Dane County, please visit:


For more information, please contact Alex DeSmidt, Dane County Parks Facility Planner:

5201 Fen Oak Drive, Madison, WI 53718

Phone: 608.221.7212



About Dane County Parks

Dane County Parks offers a variety of recreational opportunities for the outdoor enthusiast and natural environments for quiet getaways or special events.  Dane County Parks takes an active role to enhance and preserve the county’s finest natural resources.