Last Updated: 04/20/2017

Update - April 27 workshop, see below for details...

Join City staff next Thursday, 4/27, for a workshop and discussion of placemaking and design opportunities as part of the upcoming Monroe Street reconstruction, at the Wingra Park entrance and adjacent Commonwealth intersection. This location was rated among the top three placemaking priorities by community members in our 2016 community survey. The workshop will be an opportunity to discuss the future re-alignment of Commonwealth at Monroe, a new bus shelter at Wingra Park, and other design ideas.  Please note that part of our time will be spend outdoors, so come prepared for the weather. In the event of a thunderstorm, we will stay inside.

Project Details

Monroe Street is scheduled to be resurfaced/reconstructed in 2018. The project limits and construction years are as follows:

  • Resurfacing - Odana Rd. to Leonard St.
  • Reconstruction - Leonard St. to Regent St.

The projects will include design consideration for many items including pavement, curb & gutter, sidewalk, storm sewer, sanitary sewer, water main, streetscape items, lighting, signals & green street / water resource considerations etc.

Reconstruction Survey 

The City of Madison held a survey on the importance of various issues (traffic, pedestrian, bicycles, bus transit, stormwater treatment, placemaking, etc).  Input received will be considered in the design of the reconstruction.  The results can be found here:  survey results

Public Meetings / Engagement Process

Upcoming Events

April 27, 2017 Wingra Park Entrance Workshop
5:30 PM at Temple Beth El - 2702 Arbor Drive
Workshop Goals:

  1. Share opportunities and gather community input on desired placemaking and traffic calming enhancements at the Wingra Park entrance and adjacent intersection (Commonwealth and Monroe).
  2. Explore community ideas and questions in a creative, hands-on setting.

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The agenda for this workshop can be found here: Agenda

June 21, 2017 Preliminary Corridor Design Workshop
6:00-8:00 PM at Wingra School Gymnasium - 718 Gilmore Street
Workshop Goals:

  1. Share detailed preliminary plans for the future design of Monroe Street.
  2. Gather community input on potential placemaking and traffic calming enhancements along the length of Monroe Street.
  3. Explore ideas and questions in a creative, hands-on setting.

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July 20, 2017 Final Corridor Design Open House
6:00-8:00 PM at Edgewood College, Washburn Heritage Room - 1000 Edgewood College Drive
Open House Goals:

  1. View and learn about final plans for the reconstruction of Monroe Street, including streetscaping and traffic calming designs.
  2. Discuss ideas with City of Madison Engineering, Planning, and Metro staff.
  3. Learn about next steps in preparing for the Monroe Street reconstruction to begin in spring 2018.

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Previous Events

March 29, 2017 Monroe Street Business Roundtable
Notes, agenda, and the presentation from this meeting can be found here:

February 16, 2017 Green Infrastructure Focus Group
Notes and the presentation from this meeting can be found here:

Jan 3, 2017 City Cross Section Approvals
On January 3rd, the City of Madison Common Council unanimously approved the future cross section (i.e., public right of way dimensions) for Monroe Street, to include two travel lanes and two parking lanes that can convert to peak-hour travel lanes. With the cross section approved, the city is now moving forward with the final design of the roadway in preparation for sending the project out to bid in fall 2017.

October 27, 2016 - Edgewood College
Cross Section Open House
The City held the sixth meeting in the Monroe Street Reconstruction community engagement process. Staff presented about the outcomes of the Cross Section Workshop; results of City traffic modeling and analysis; and the final proposed cross section and design opportunities for Monroe Street.  The presentation and handout can be found here:

September 29, 2016 - Wingra School
Summer Input Review and Cross Section Workshop 
The City held a meeting to discuss the proposed street's cross section. A street’s “cross section” refers to how many feet of space are allocated within the public right-of-way for uses such as sidewalks, terraces, driving lanes, parking lanes, bike lanes, etc. The future cross section for Monroe Street must be determined before detailed design and engineering commences in 2017.  The presentation, handout & notes can be found here:  presentation

September 1, 2016 - HotelRED
Green Infrastructure World Cafe
The City of Madison held a public meeting to discuss Green Infrastructure opportunities for the reconstruction of Monroe St. The presentation and notes can be found here  green infrastructure presentation

August 11, 2016 - Edgewood College
Pedestrian, Bike, Transit Infrastructure World Cafe
The City of Madison held a public meeting to discuss the community's perspective on issues and opportunities related to pedestrian, bicycle, and transit infrastructure design on Monroe Street, including how these different uses will interact following reconstruction.   The presentation can be found here:  ped bike transit presentation
Notes from the meeting can be found here:  notes


July 18, 2016 - HotelRED

Business Focus Group
City staff and representatives of the business community discussed the proposed reconstruction project.  Notes from the meeting can be found here:  business focus group notes

June 13, 2016 - Wingra School
The City of Madison held a Monroe Street Reconstruction Kickoff Meeting on June 13, 2016 from 7:00 -9:00 PM in the Wingra School Gymnasium (2nd floor).  The presentation can be found here:  presentation
Comments received by the City and other notes are included here:  Meeting notes
Please see the attached letter from Ald. Eskrich regarding more details on the reconstruction process.  letter

May 11, 2016 - Hotel Red
The City of Madison hosted a public meeting on this project.  Presentations were made and followed by discussion on the following two topics: 
Proposed 2016 pedestrian crossing improvements along Monroe Street presentation
Presentation of upcoming planning and engagement process for the proposed 2018 Monroe Street Reconstruction Project presentation

If you have questions or concerns related to this project, you may contact Christy Bachmann at (608) 266-4095 or

July 9, 2014 - Edgewood College

The second listening session was held on Wednesday, July 9, 2014 at 6:30 PM in the Washburn Heritage Room at Edgewood College (Washburn Heritage Room is located in Regina Hall, #9 on the Edgewood Campus Map). City staff provided a brief presentation and recap of the first listening session, then broke out into small work groups to gather additional ideas and input on the following topics:

  1. Streetscape amenities
  2. Pedestrian crossings
  3. Crazy Legs triangle area.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014 Monroe Street Presentation

April 10, 2014 - Hotel Red

The City held a listening session to consider public input on the project. The meeting included representatives from City of Madison Engineering, Traffic Engineering, Planning and Metro Transit. City Staff provided a brief presentation, and then broke out into small work groups to discuss various topics. The meeting was held on Thursday, April 10, 2014 at 6:30 PM at Hotel Red, 1501 Monroe Street, Madison, WI 53711.


Engagement Resource Team
The City has implemented an engagement resource team composed of organizational and institutional stakeholders to help the City refine and implement a public engagement plan for the Monroe Street Reconstruction.  More information can be found below...
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May 2016 Agenda  Notes
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