This project involves the planning and design of John Nolen Drive from East Olin Avenue to the Broom Street intersection, including replacement of the six bridges along the John Nolen Causeway, partial replacement of the bridge wingwalls over Wingra Creek, partial shoreline replacement along the John Nolen Causeway and bicycle-pedestrian improvements along the adjacent Capital City Trail. This project will be planned/designed in coordination with the Lake Monona Waterfront Design Challenge.
The project is broken into the following three segments:
- East Lakeside Street to North Shore Drive
- East Olin Avenue to East Lakeside Street
- Broom Street Intersection
Phase One of the project, which includes the segment from East Lakeside Street to North Shore Drive has been selected funding and is expected to be constructed in 2025 or 2026. Phase Two includes the segment from East Olin Avenue to East Lakeside Street is currently in design and will be fully designed with construction occurring when funding is available. The Broom Street Intersection is currently being analyzed for potential alternatives to ensure compatibility with improvements to the North Shore Drive intersection.
John Nolen (June 14, 1869 – February 18, 1937) was an American landscape architect, planning consultant, and writer, and the founding member of the American City Planning Institute. He completed a number of projects in Wisconsin – Nolen developed plans for the University of Wisconsin, the city of Madison, and the state park system. His comprehensive approach blended social, economic, and physical aspects of urban life with the preservation of natural beauty.