Wednesday, February 17, 2010

The Doylet Line ChooChoo, Chapter 354

News item from Madison.

Pleasant View Road is little more than a dirt path in places right now. Drive west on Mineral Point Road past Target and it is easy to miss the beginning of Pleasant View’s southern extension, which will connect it to Valley View Road and the city’s burgeoning southwest side.

But stand at the intersection of Pleasant View and Mineral Point at 5 p.m. on any weeknight and look east toward Madison... Cars turning left from Mineral Point onto Junction Road (County M) to head south back up nearly to the Beltline at rush hour, and it’s not unusual to have to wait through two light cycles before making a left turn anywhere at the intersection.

And that’s before most of the area west of Junction Road has even been built up, which will bring even more traffic. The majority remains farmland, waiting for the recently approved University Research Park II to be built as one of the city’s largest new economic development projects. Neighborhoods that surround the research park site are still in their infancy, with developers’ signs dotting the landscape for future houses and apartments.

The Doylet Line ChooChoo's proposed Madison stop is about 10 miles from this location.

And when you go to the linked story, you'll notice that Madison will spend a LOT of State (and local) money to build the roads.

Of course, they'll only get State money if the Doylet Line ChooChoo doesn't suck up ALL the transportation funds--or if Milwaukee's 894/45/94 rebuild doesn't.

Doesn't take long for you to get the drift of this post, does it?

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