Last Updated: 09/20/2016

Update - Sep 29 Cross Section Workshop @ Wingra School. See details below...

Project Details

Monroe Street is scheduled to be resurfaced/reconstructed in 2018. The project limits and construction years are as follows:

  • Resurfacing - Odana Rd. to Leonard St.
  • Reconstruction - Leonard St. to Regent St.

The projects will include design consideration for many items including pavement, curb & gutter, sidewalk, storm sewer, sanitary sewer, water main, streetscape items, lighting, signals & green street / water resource considerations etc.

Reconstruction Survey 

The City of Madison held a survey on the importance of various issues (traffic, pedestrian, bicycles, bus transit, stormwater treatment, placemaking, etc).  Input received will be considered in the design of the reconstruction.  The results can be found here:  survey results

Public Meetings / Engagement Process

Future - October 27, 6:00-7:30 PM - Cross Section Open House, location TBD

Next - September 29, 2016 6:00-7:30 PM - Summer Input Review and Cross Section Workshop - Wingra School

The Community Input Summary and Cross Section Workshop is the fourth meeting in the Monroe Street Reconstruction community engagement process. A street’s “cross section” refers to how many feet of space are allocated within the public right-of-way for uses such as sidewalks, terraces, driving lanes, parking lanes, bike lanes, etc. The future cross section for Monroe Street must be determined before detailed design and engineering commences in 2017.
This workshop will provide community members with an opportunity to participate in exploring and generating cross section options that will inform the final cross section prepared by City staff
What: Monroe Street Reconstruction Cross Section Workshop
When: Thursday, September 29, 2016   6:00-8:00 PM
Where: Wingra School Gymnasium 718 Gilmore Street, Madison, WI 53711
RSVP: To help us plan accordingly, please register/RSVP for free here: Those who are unable to RSVP are still welcome to attend.
The workshop will include:

  •        Priority results from the summer’s targeted public engagement on business enhancement, multi-modal infrastructure and green infrastructure.
  •        Technical parameters, opportunities and tradeoffs involved in potential cross section configurations.
  •        Hands-on small-group exercise with scaled infrastructure modeling pieces to create and share a preferred cross section for Monroe Street.
  •        Discussion of next steps toward determining the final cross section for Monroe Street.

September 1, 2016 - HotelRED
Green Infrastructure World Cafe
The City of Madison held a public meeting to discuss Green Infrastructure opportunities for the reconstruction of Monroe St. The presentation and notes can be found here  green infrastructure presentation

August 11, 2016 - Edgewood College
Pedestrian, Bike, Transit Infrastructure World Cafe
The City of Madison held a public meeting to discuss the community's perspective on issues and opportunities related to pedestrian, bicycle, and transit infrastructure design on Monroe Street, including how these different uses will interact following reconstruction.   The presentation can be found here:  ped bike transit presentation
Notes from the meeting can be found here:  notes


July 18, 2016 - HotelRED

Business Focus Group
City staff and representatives of the business community discussed the proposed reconstruction project.  Notes from the meeting can be found here:  business focus group notes

June 13, 2016 - Wingra School
The City of Madison held a Monroe Street Reconstruction Kickoff Meeting on June 13, 2016 from 7:00 -9:00 PM in the Wingra School Gymnasium (2nd floor).  The presentation can be found here:  presentation
Comments received by the City and other notes are included here:  Meeting notes
Please see the attached letter from Ald. Eskrich regarding more details on the reconstruction process.  letter

May 11, 2016 - Hotel Red
The City of Madison hosted a public meeting on this project.  Presentations were made and followed by discussion on the following two topics: 
Proposed 2016 pedestrian crossing improvements along Monroe Street presentation
Presentation of upcoming planning and engagement process for the proposed 2018 Monroe Street Reconstruction Project presentation

If you have questions or concerns related to this project, you may contact Christy Bachmann at (608) 266-4095 or

July 9, 2014 - Edgewood College

The second listening session was held on Wednesday, July 9, 2014 at 6:30 PM in the Washburn Heritage Room at Edgewood College (Washburn Heritage Room is located in Regina Hall, #9 on the Edgewood Campus Map). City staff provided a brief presentation and recap of the first listening session, then broke out into small work groups to gather additional ideas and input on the following topics:

  1. Streetscape amenities
  2. Pedestrian crossings
  3. Crazy Legs triangle area.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014 Monroe Street Presentation

April 10, 2014 - Hotel Red

The City held a listening session to consider public input on the project. The meeting included representatives from City of Madison Engineering, Traffic Engineering, Planning and Metro Transit. City Staff provided a brief presentation, and then broke out into small work groups to discuss various topics. The meeting was held on Thursday, April 10, 2014 at 6:30 PM at Hotel Red, 1501 Monroe Street, Madison, WI 53711.