Last Updated: 05/30/2023

Latest Update

5/30/2023 Update:
This week, crews will continue sanitary and storm work as well as curb and gutter maintenance and concrete paving in the project area.

The following traffic patterns between Franklin Street and Livingston Street took effect on May 22:

  • All three lanes of traffic on eastbound E. Washington Avenue (heading away from the Capitol building) are open.
  • Traffic traveling west (toward the Capitol) on E. Washington Avenue is restricted to a single lane on the left side of the street. There is also a left turn-only lane onto S. Blair Street.
  • Traffic traveling north on S. Blair Street can turn right onto E. Washington Avenue (away from the Capitol). The left turn lane onto westbound E. Washington Avenue (toward the Capitol) will remain closed.
  • Traffic traveling south on N. Blair Street may travel straight to S. Blair Street or take a left turn onto E. Washington Avenue. Right turns onto E. Washington Avenue from N. Blair Street will not be allowed.

View a map of the May 22 traffic changes PDF

Pedestrians in the area may use the open sidewalks shown on the map.

Project Overview

Blair Street is scheduled for reconstruction from John Nolen Dr to E Washington in 2022, and the project will also include pavement replacement work on E. Washington Ave. in 2023. The City of Madison is working jointly with the State Department of Transportation on design and construction of the project. The project will include safety improvements at the Wilson St/Williamson St intersection as well as pavement replacement of Blair St from Wilson/Williamson to E Washington and E Washington from Blair St to Blount St. The project will also include replacement of the sanitary sewer within the project limits, and new pedestrian scale lighting on S. Blair St. is also proposed as part of the project.  The project plans also include installation of conduits for a possible future signal at the intersection of Main & Blair, and the design was coordinated with the Wilson Street Corridor Study to include a path crossing of John Nolen Dr.

View updated plan as a larger map

Blair Street Overview

Project Limits

S. Blair St. from John Nolen Dr. to E. Washington Ave.

E. Washington Ave. from Blair St. to Blount St.

Project includes reconstruction of Blair/Williamson/Wilson/John Nolen intersection

Project Schedule

Construction is scheduled for 2022 on Blair St. and 2023 on E. Washington Ave.

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:

Public Information Meetings

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A public information meeting was held Nov. 4, 2019, Madison Municipal Building Room 153, 215 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, Madison, WI.
Nov. 4, 2019 Public Information Meeting PowerPoint Presentation
Nov. 4, 2019 Public Information Meeting Proposed Design Map

City Meetings, Public Hearings, Approval of Project and Assessments

Board of Public Works: July 7, 2021
Common Council: July 20, 2021


Board of Public Works Public Hearing: Cover Letter, Notice, Assessments
Common Council Public Hearing: Notice
Adopted Resolution Mailing: Finance Letter, Resolution