News & Events
SHNA Board Meetings
Typically held on the second Tuesday of each month 7:00PM (ends by 9PM). All SHNA residents are welcome to attend. Dates/times are subject to change, so please confirm with a Board member if you plan to attend.
Next SHNA Board meeting: Tuesday, November 11, 2014, 7pm,
Dale Heights Church, 5501 University Avenue
Most recent neighborhood newsletter:
Road Salt Concerns
Road salt continues to contaminate Merrill Spring and Well #14. Heavy salting of city streets and county highways is now the winter norm. Lake studies are warning that current practices are not sustainable. Our neighborhood is plagued by high salt concentrations in the Spring Harbor aquifer which is affecting water quality of Well #14 and in Merrill Spring. This is a long-term chronic problem, not just in winter, but with effects that continue throughout the year. High salt concentrations are even affecting metropolitan sewage treatment pushing saline levels to the maximum allowed by EPA discharge standards. The neighborhood will continue to raise awareness of this issue with the City Water Utility, Street and Highway departments, City Parks, and the WI Geological and Natural History Survey. A joint study group is planning to meet this winter. We have a vital interest in finding better longer-term solutions to this complex problem. Contact Herman Felstehausen for more information.
Flambeau /Univeristy Avenue Safety Improvements
Traffic and safety improvements at the intersection
of Flambeau and University Ave were discussed with Madison Traffic Engineering at a meeting arranged by Shary Bisgard and Herman
Felstehausen of the SHNA Transportation and Planning/Development committees. The Flambeau intersection generates regular user comments because of its large open design inviting multiple vehicles to enter, wait, and make turns all at the same time. Interactions are further complicated by a bus stop, two pedestrian crossings, multi-use path, and several commercial driveways. Moka Coffee drive-thru has also increased intersection activity. SHNA committees
are recommending additional signage and pavement paint as a way to further define user space and improve safety. Traffic Engineering is
considering the following actions:
• Post ‘No U-turn’ signs facing east-bound traffic with an additional ‘No U-turn’ sign on the median facing the Moka exit driveway to
discourage Moka vehicles from immediately making a U-turn upon exit. Repainting the pavement bars on the west crosswalk so paint stripes line up with the crosswalk landing on the Moka side of the street. The neighborhood also requested widening and extending
the highway median on the west side of the intersection—current
median has a sub-standard pointed nose. While wider medians improve safety, this adjustment will require funding approval which
can be expected to delay the work.
• There have been numerous complaints that bikers—and sometimes skate-boarders—traveling at high speed down the multi-use
path from the east create close calls with turning vehicles. The bikers have the right-of-way, but it is difficult for drivers to make turns while keeping multiple sides of the intersection in view. Traffic Engineering will consider posting “CAUTION—Watch for Turning Vehicles” signs next to the multi-use path.
The Spring Harbor Neighborhood Association boundaries encompass Old Middleton Road and the Wisconsin & Southern Railroad on the south, Lake Mendota on the north, Whitney Way
(City of Madison boundary on the east), and Camelot Drive on the west. The Hickory Hollow Condominiums and the University Crossing Apartments are within these boundaries. [The map above represents the general area.]
Residential Development Document