Last Updated: 10/19/2017

Project Description

The City of Madison is planning a new street, which will connect Darbo Drive to Webb Avenue. The street would split the block where the Salvation Army is located, connecting Darbo Drive to the south, to the “kink” on Webb Avenue to the north. A map of the new street connection can be found here: Project Map

The new street is intended to provide better connectivity through the neighborhood, and to provide better access to the three commercial sites at 3002 Darbo Drive, 3059 E. Washington, and 3077 E. Washington (southwest of the Department of Corrections). These properties currently are only accessed off of the E. Washington frontage road, via Webb Avenue.

A Public Information Meeting to discuss the project was held on Thursday September 28th.

Update Due to State Law Change

While the City desires a pedestrian connection, sidewalks will not be installed with the project. This is the result of a new state law (enacted with the budget in Sept 2017) which prohibits municipalities from using their established process for acquiring land (condemnation), for purposes of building pedestrian ways (sidewalks).

Racial Equity Social Justice Tool

The City is using the Racial Equity and Social Justice Tool on this project. The purpose of the tool is to facilitate conscious consideration of equity and examine how communities of color and low-income populations will be affected by a proposed action/decision of the City. A draft of the tool is posted below. Please note that the questions in the document are a starting point, and the document will be revised and updated as we incorporate feedback. We welcome your feedback on this document, please contact Lisa Coleman (see contact info to the right) if you have comments. RESJ Tool

Next Steps

The next step in the process is for the City to purchase the real estate needed for the project. There are a series of approvals from City Committees needed to allow the purchase. A resolution will be considered at the meetings below. The resolution is called “Determining a Public Purpose and Necessity and adopting a Relocation Order for the acquisition of land interests required for the construction of improvements for a new public street connection between Webb Avenue and Darbo Drive.”


Pedestrian/Bicycle/Motor Vehicle Commission October 24, 5:00 pm – Room 201 City – County Building (210 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd)

Board of Public Works November 1, 4:30 pm - Room 108 City – County Building (210 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd)

Finance Committee November 6, 4:30 pm - Room 354 City – County Building (210 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd)

Common Council November 21, 6:30 pm - Room 201 City – County Building (210 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd)


Please check here for the official city meeting calendar to confirm dates, times, and meeting location for meetings above.


There will be another series of meetings to approve the actual construction project and allow bidding to proceed. Dates for those meeting will be posted here once available.