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Capital City Trail

A lone bicyclist races last week along the Capital City Bike Trail near Clayton Road in Fitchburg in 2003.

A segment of one of Madison’s oldest biking and hiking trails is getting a major makeover in July, so users will need to find other routes.

The Capital City Trail was completed in 2000.

A 6½-mile stretch from Nob Hill Road to Glacier Valley Road is scheduled to be repaved beginning July 9.

The stretch is expected to be closed for six weeks.

The project includes drainage improvements, wayfinding signage and the installation of Americans with Disabilities Act-compliant detectable warning panels at road and railroad crossings.

This is the first step in a multi-year restoration project for the trail, Dane County Parks said.

The original 9½ miles of the trail will be repaved in three phases, with the first phase to be completed this summer.

The second phase, from Glacier Valley Road to Seminole Highway, will be repaved in 2019, and the third phase, from Seminole Highway to Verona Road, in 2020.

The whole 20-mile trail meanders from Fitchburg through Madison, ending on the city’s East Side.

The trail is a joint venture between Dane County, the state Department of Natural Resources and the cities of Madison and Fitchburg.

For a map of alternate routes, from the least stressful to the most stressful, go to go.madison.com/alternate-routes.

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