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Cannonball Bike Path – 2019 Vegetation Management Project

Project scope

In collaboration with officials from the cities of Fitchburg and Madison, ATC and its vegetation management contractor will be removing incompatible and invasive species in the right-of-way along the Cannonball Bike Path beginning in early January and continuing through mid-February 2019.

To ensure the safety of the public, the path will be closed in phases while this work is completed. Alternate routes during the closures will be indicated near the trail entrances. Trail users can view a map of Cannonball Bike Path and the project phases. Click here to view the trail re-routes on the Madison Area Transportation Planning Board’s interactive bike map. Approximate trail closure dates are also shown below.*

Project schedule

Crews will operate mowers and conduct hand pruning on Mondays through Thursdays, from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The trail will be open to users on Fridays and weekends.

* Please note: the scheduled phases of this vegetation management work are subject to change, so continue to check this site for updates. Trail closure signs and trail re-routes will be posted on this web page and at multiple trail entrances, where applicable. Although work phases reference specific end points, portions of those trail sections will still remain accessible. For the safety of all trail users and crew, please refrain from using trail sections that are closed.

This project is part of a comprehensive vegetation management work plan for the greater Madison area which will continue through July 2019.

Vegetation management practices

ATC’s vegetation management practices help keep the public and our crews safe, while also maintaining reliability of the electric transmission system. Read more about our cyclical program and the benefits, including how removing incompatible vegetation in the rights-of-way provides ideal habitat for pollinators.

An approach that benefits pollinators

As an electric utility, ATC is uniquely positioned to develop our rights-of-way into a continuous space for pollinator habitat. In partnership with forestry crews from the cities of Madison and Fitchburg, ATC will be taking steps to establish this type of habitat within the Cannonball Bike Path corridor. The approach will initiate with the vegetation removal, followed by multi-year, prescriptive herbicide applications. This proven technique eliminates invasive species, allowing natives to propagate and naturally create a pollinator habitat.

Click here to learn more about ATC’s pollinator program and other featured pollinator projects.

Last Updated: February 7, 2019