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Alder Keith Furman

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Council President

Alder Keith Furman,
Council President

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Common Council Office:
210 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd
Room 417
Madison, WI 53703
Phone: (608) 266-4071
Fax: (608) 267-8669
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Last Chance Yard Waste Collection, University Ave and Other Highlights for the Week of May 16, 2022

May 14, 2022 10:15 AM

Last Chance Yard Waste Collection

The Streets Division will be performing a final yard waste collection. Yard waste needs to be placed at the curb by Sunday, May 15. Crews will begin that final sweep through neighborhoods starting the work week following May 15. By performing this last chance collection, other work by the Streets Division will be slowed. Fixing potholes, collection of roadside debris, and doing some hand sweeping and other manual labor around traffic island maintenance will all be slowed down or temporarily halted until the final sweep is complete. Brush collection will also be affected as collection for that may slow down some. Streets will be able to remain on schedule, but it may take an extra day or so to get through the entire collection round. Once the final sweep is done, Streets has to stop yard waste collection so they can get back to these duties. (Road repair is of particular importance because they need time to fill potholes before Engineering performs their chip sealing work.) The drop-off sites remain available for those who miss this last chance pickup. The drop-off sites are different this year, so please check the Streets Division website before loading your car.

University Avenue

Two projects on University Ave this week of note:

Eastbound University Avenue will be reduced to one lane of traffic at Tomahawk Trail under the following schedule:

  • Monday, May 16, off-peak hours only
  • Tuesday, May 17, all day

Drivers should expect travel delays especially during the morning and afternoon rush hour on Tuesday, May 17 and use an alternate route, if possible.

These lane closures are for sanitary sewer work related to the new building construction at 5133 University Avenue (formerly Perkins Restaurant).


Construction is beginning on Monday on University Ave, which is scheduled for reconstruction from Shorewood Boulevard/Hill St to University Bay Drive/Farley Ave. [Project Page]

Work the week of May 16, 2022

  • Outside lane restrictions in both the EB and WB directions will occur between May 16, 2022, and May 18, 2022, for installation of temporary traffic signal poles. Additional center lane closures may be necessary to complete the work; however, these closures will only occur during off-peak travel periods between 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

  • Outside lane restrictions will be removed and the inside lanes will be closed in both the EB and WB directions to allow the contractor to remove the existing medians in preparation for temporary roadway widening for future construction stages. The inside lane closures will remain in place until approximately June 16, 2022

  • Crews will be installing cables and poles for temporary traffic signals at Shorewood Blvd., Marshall Ct. and University Bay Dr.

  • Concrete sawing and clearing operations will be performed at required locations throughout the project.

  • Crews will begin staging equipment and materials in preparation for the 96" storm sewer installation near the intersection of University Ave. and Grand Ave.

Work the week of May 23, 2022

  • The inside lanes will remain closed in both the EB and WB directions while the contractor continues removals of the existing medians and begins preparing for installation of temporary asphalt.

  • Crews will continue installing cables and poles for temporary traffic signals at Shorewood Blvd., Marshall Ct. and University Bay Dr.

  • Crews will begin installation of temporary retaining systems for the 96" storm sewer installation near the intersection of University Ave. and Grand Ave.

Traffic Impacts 

  • Bus stop locations will be maintained during outside lane closures between May 16, 2022, and May 18, 2022. Note that the scheduled work is weather dependent and may be subject to change.

Metro Network Redesign

Metro is holding a [final] public meeting on its network redesign on Thursday, May 19, at 6pm. The meeting will be held in person in Room 215 of the Madison Municipal Building (215 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.), and it will also be streamed live. People watching from home will be able to submit questions through a button on Mediasite so that they can be answered live during the meeting. Complete meeting details are here.

The Transportation Policy and Planning Board (TPPB) will discuss the Metro Network Redesign Plan at its virtual meeting on Monday, May 16, at 5pm. (This meeting won't have deliberation or public comment)

Additional Dates of Note

May 31: Citywide public hearing on the plan and amendments in front of the TPPB
June 6: TPPB deliberation and vote on the plan and recommended package of amendments
June 7: Common Council deliberation and vote on the plan and amendments

Metro has posted a survey to try and gather more information on how the proposed redesign may affect those with disabilities and senior riders. The direct link to the survey is here. The survey can also be found on Metro's redesign website. For those that would like to provide responses over the phone, you can call (608) 266-4466. Metro is going to take responses on the survey through Friday, May 27. You can also just send feedback by emailing

Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) Zoning

The Planning Division, in collaboration with Zoning staff, is working to implement a 2018 Comprehensive Plan call for implementation of "TOD overlay zoning" along planned bus rapid transit and other high-frequency transit corridors to "create development intensity minimums, reduce parking requirements, and support transit use." For more information, and to sign up for the May 16 public meetings on this effort, please visit the project web page.


A proposed Planning Framework was introduced at the Common Council on Tuesday, May 10. It will simplify and standardize the City's sub-area planning and make it more equitable. The Planning Division will focus on 13 higher-level "Area Plans" covering the entire City. These will be updated every 10 years, and be considered the guiding plan for future land use and infrastructure investment. The City currently has nearly 70 adopted sub-area plans with a wide variety of content, all of which will be considered as a new Area Plan is created. Each Area Plan process will provide an opportunity to consider older sub-area plans for potential retirement, as outlined on page 126 of the Comprehensive Plan. The proposed Framework will be reviewed by multiple City committees.


  • 8-minute video recording of the presentation staff will share with boards, committees and commissions reviewing this proposal in the coming weeks.

  • Links to detailed materials from the 1.5 year process to develop the Planning Framework, which involved close coordination with Plan Commission and City agencies: March 24, 2022 Plan Commission meeting materialsvideo; December 14, 2020 and July 8, 2021 Plan Commission meeting materials, 2020 video, 2021 video

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact: Brian Grady, Principal Planner, or Linda Horvath, Planner IV, at


Other News

  • The Finance Committee will discuss the Resource Recovery Special Charge and get an overview of City agency 2023 Capital Budget requests at its virtual meeting on Monday, May 16, at 4:30pm.

For information about additional City meetings scheduled for this week, please consult the City Meeting schedule.

If you have questions, comments, suggestions, etc., feel free to reach out:

-Keith F

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