Six years after the 15 million dollar University expressway was proposed city crews raced to open the first small element and make it in time for Homecoming. Two weeks later on November 18th the first phase opens with four lanes University Avenue one way westbound from Broom Street to Breeze Terrace with an east bound bus lane which was called an experiment. Soon enough though people illegally use the bus lane and the lack of traffic lights makes it hard for pedestrians to cross the streets. In December officials propose a controlled access freeway through downtown, but officials have more immediate concerns. In April State Street received traffic signals. In the same month complaints of motorcycles and motor scooters banned the day time parking of motorcycles and scooters. This was somewhat reversed in August with only a certain amount of spots. The Monona causeway was behind schedule, but was vandalized. The Madison private Bus company gained revenue making it one of the country’s most successful private bus companies. The year closes with the opening of a new airport terminal with the mayor calling in it’s first flight which was already on the tarmac.
About Madison in the Sixties
Topical tales of Madison's influential people and critical events from long ago.