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Madison’s Shared Streets program for Vilas Park Drive is ending to allow for effective winter maintenance and community access to the Vilas Park amenities. The program, which restricted motor vehicle traffic on Vilas Park Drive to open the street to physically distanced walking and biking during COVID-19, received favorable feedback.

The barricades and barrels used to create the Shared Streets barriers will be removed Monday, December 21. Vilas Park Drive then begin allowing motor vehicles. 15 MPH speed limit signs and signage indicating the drive is for park and shelter traffic only will be posted. People who use this historic Park and Pleasure Drive should continue to drive slowly and use caution as park users continue to need space to social distance while walking and biking.

Madison Parks and Traffic Engineering will be using the winter to evaluate alternative traffic patterns and determine how to best move forward until permanent improvements are constructed according to the Vilas Park Master Plan, which has not yet been approved.

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