Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

Last Updated: 01/17/2020

UPDATE: Additional information regarding schedule and further opportunities for public input has been provided. Please see details below.

Project Description

The City is planning to reconstruction the sidewalks and terraces on Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. between the Capitol Square and the Monona Terrace (Main St. to Wilson St.). The project will include removal of the existing pavers and concrete sidewalk, and replacing the sidewalks with new standard concrete and colored concrete. All of the existing trees on these blocks will also be removed, and new street trees will be planted with the project. The project will also include installation of a sidewalk support system, which will allow for an improved growing environment for the new trees.

The new layout for the sidewalk & trees will include a 12 ft. wide mainline sidewalk, constructed of standard concrete, with a row of trees on both sides of the mainline sidewalk.  The trees will then be installed with a staggered spacing, and colored concrete will be installed between the mainline sidewalk and the buildings and between the sidewalk and street (Option 3 from the Nov. 21 presentation).

Schedule

The project is scheduled to be bid in February, and construction is expected to begin in early to mid April (weather dependent).  It is expected that construction will be completed by early July.  Work is planned to start on the easterly side of MLK Jr. Blvd. (Madison Municipal Building side), and, once work is completed on that side, work will proceed on the westerly side (City-County Building side).

Public Meetings

Public Hearing at the Board of Public Works: January 22, 2020 at 5:30pm in Room 108 of the City-County Building, 210 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

Public Hearing at the Common Council: February 4, 2020 at 6:30pm in Room 201 of the City-County Building, 210 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

A public involvement meeting was held at 6 p.m., Nov. 21, 2019, Room 206 of the Madison Municipal Building, 215 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. The City sought input on proposed designs for the new sidewalk and tree layout of Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Presentation from Nov. 21 Meeting