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Capital City Trail

Runners and bicyclists make their way on the Capital City Trail along John Nolen Drive on a foggy morning in Madison in 2016.

One of the most popular biking trails in Dane County will be under construction after the Fourth of July.

The Capital City Trail, which sees about 125,000 bicyclists each year, opened in 2001, and hasn't had a major upgrade since.

The trail is a 17-mile asphalt-paved trail running from the isthmus to Monona Terrace and John Nolen Drive, through the Nine Springs E-Way south of Madison, then west to Verona to meet up with the Military Ridge Trail.

Dane County Executive Joe Parisi said contractor Payne and Dolan will resurface over six miles of the trail, from Nob Hill Road near the Beltline to Glacier Valley Road in Fitchburg, beginning right after the Fourth of July, taking about six weeks to finish.

The construction timeline and detours will be announced when the work is finalized in June.

"Dane County has a vibrant culture of biking, and we have some of the best bike trails in the country," Parisi said. "We will continue to invest in our quality of life, our lakes, our parks, our trails."

The work in 2018 will cost a little under $1 million, with the state DNR and the state stewardship fund kicking in about $290,000 of the total cost.

The entire length of the Capital City Trail will be repaved eventually, with the project scheduled to be finished in 2020.

Bill Novak is a general assignment reporter for the Wisconsin State Journal.