Last Updated: 10/25/2022

Latest Update 

9/27/2022 Update:
The project design is complete and final construction plans have been submitted to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) for approval. City Real Estate staff is working with property owners to finalize land acquisitions and temporary construction easements. WisDOT will advertise the project for contractor bids in December 2022. Construction is anticipated to begin in March 2023 and be completed in November 2023. WisDOT, City of Madison, City of Monona, and the Contractor will host a public information meeting prior to the start of construction to inform residents about the construction schedule and staging.

Private utilities (Madison Gas & Electric, AT&T, Charter, etc.) may preform work ahead of the City street construction project requiring sidewalk and lane closures to move their facilities out of the way of the new street layout.

Project Description

The proposed project includes pavement reconstruction, curb and gutter, existing sidewalk spot replacements and repairs, new multi-use path/sidewalk, improved pedestrian crossings, storm sewer replacement, new street lighting, new traffic signals, replacement of sanitary sewer and water main, new pavement marking and new signs.

A 7-foot wide sidewalk will be constructed along the south side of Atwood Avenue between Fair Oaks Avenue and Oakridge Avenue. The sidewalk along the north side of Atwood Avenue will be spot replaced as needed. An 8-foot wide sidewalk will be constructed along the north side of Atwood Avenue between Sugar Avenue and Walter Street. A 10-foot wide path will be constructed along the west side of Water Street from Atwood Avenue to the Capital City Trail. A 15-foot wide path with adjacent sidewalk will be constructed along the south side of Atwood Avenue from Oakridge Avenue to Dennett Drive. The path will include a new pedestrian/bike bridge crossing over the Starkweather Creek parallel to the roadway bridge. A 10-foot wide path from Welch Avenue to the 15-foot wide path/sidewalk along Atwood Avenue will also be constructed. The 5-foot wide sidewalk will be removed and replaced along the south side of Atwood Avenue from Dennett Drive to Cottage Grove Road. An outbound 5-foot wide on-street bike lane will be constructed along Atwood Avenue from Dennett Drive to Cottage Grove Road. A 10-foot wide path will be constructed along the north side of Atwood Avenue from Walter Street to Cottage Grove Road.

Lakeland Avenue will be removed and replaced with a parking lot and a 10-foot path from Welch Avenue will be separated from the parking lot.

Project Limits

Atwood Avenue - South Fair Oaks Avenue to Cottage Grove Road

Project Schedule

Design: 2016-2019, (2020-2021 Design On-Hold), 2022
Construction: 2023

Current Plans

Atwood Ave.-Fair Oaks to Walter St:
Atwood Ave.-Walter St to Cottage Grove Rd:

Public Involvement

There are a number of points of contact during this project where the public is encouraged to give feedback as part of public information meetings and public hearings. Dates and times are indicated below:

March 22, 2022

The City held a public involvement meeting 6-8 p.m., via zoom.  The primary focus of the meeting was to discuss various alternatives for the placement of a new multi-use path in the Lakeland Ave/Olbrich Park area. The meeting recording and presentation are available below. Three alternatives were developed by the City and one by neighborhood residents:

Aug-Oct 2021 Proposed Path Geometry Revision

The proposed multi-use path geometry was considered for a revision in the Olbrich Park Area. The revision includes routing the multi-use path through the western area of Olbrich Park. Two of the options (1 & 3) allow for the sledding hill to be uninterrupted with pavement during the winter season. This was discussed for recommendation at the Aug 25, 2021 City Transportation Commission, where the commission recommended moving forward with Option 3.   This was also discussed at the Oct 13, 2021 Board of Park Commissioners, where the commission recommended also moving forward with Option 3. 

April 9, 2018 Public Information Meeting

The City held a public involvement meeting 6:30-8 p.m., April 9, 2018, at Olbrich Botanical Gardens in the Atrium, 3330 Atwood Avenue, Madison, WI. 

June 12, 2018 Public Mailer 

This postcard was sent June 12, 2018 to residents and businesses along the corridor. View Mailer
Since the most recent public meeting on April 9, 2018, the following design changes have been proposed based on the feedback that was received.

  1. Add bike lanes on the both sides of the roadway from Dennett Drive to Cottage Grove Road. This change would include removing the multi-use path from Dennett Drive to Cottage Grove Road. This change removes the need for bicyclists traveling northbound on Monona drive to cross the street at Cottage Grove Road. This change also moves the bicyclists onto lanes in the roadway along the portion of the corridor with the most driveways. This will increase sight distance and visibility of bicyclists from drivers exiting the driveways.
  2. The pedestrian sidewalk is being moved to the outside of the multi-use path on south side of Atwood Avenue in the area adjacent to Olbrich Park. This change will result in less conflicts between bicyclists and pedestrians as bicyclists move onto the on-street bike lanes. Exhibits showing the changes can be found here.

Oct. 4, 2017 Public Information Meeting

The City held a public information meeting 6:30-8 p.m., Oct. 4, 2017, at Olbrich Botanical Gardens in the Atrium, 3330 Atwood Avenue, Madison, WI. The City presented the preliminary design, answered questions and gathered input.  

Geometry Approval Meetings

City committees reviewed the project geometry at the following public meetings: Instructions for attending can be found on the City's City Hall Meeting webpage: https://www.cityofmadison.com/city-hall/committees/meeting-schedule

  • June 26, 2018 – Pedestrian, Bicycle & Motor Vehicle Commission – Street Geometry – Approved
  • July 11, 2018 – Board of Public Works – Street Geometry – Approved
  • July 24, 2018 – Common Council – Street Geometry – Approved
  • Aug 25, 2021 – Transportation Commission – Path Revision Option 3 – Approved
  • Oct 13, 2021 – Board of Park Commissioners – Path Revision Option 3 – Approved
  • Mar 23, 2022 – Transportation Commission – Path Revision Option 1 – Approved, Secondary Approval Option 3
  • April 13, 2022 – Board of Park Commissioners – Path Revision Option 3 – Approved
  • July 6, 2022 – Board of Public Works – Construction Plans, Specifications, & Assessments – Approved
  • July 19, 2022 – Common Council – Construction Plans, Specifications, & Assessments – Approved

Mailings

Board of Public Works Public Hearing Notice
Common Council Public Hearing Notice
Common Council Approval Notice