Last Updated: 03/30/2023

Latest Update 

3/30/2023 Update: 

Work the Week of April 3, 2023

  • The contractor will begin staging traffic control drums, signs, and barricades in the medians and terraces along University Ave. in preparation for a construction start date of April 10, 2023.
  • Electronic message signs will be placed on University Ave. and University Bay Dr. notifying motorists of the construction start date and any upcoming traffic pattern changes.

Work the Week of April 10, 2023

  • The contractor will begin work on University Ave. and University Bay Dr. by removing the temporary medians that were installed for the over winter condition.
  • The contractor anticipates that traffic on University Ave. will be switched to a configuration that moves traffic to the outside lanes in both directions on April 10, 2023. This configuration will maintain two through lanes in the eastbound and westbound direction.

  • Once the temporary medians have been removed (on approximately April 14, 2023), the contractor anticipates moving traffic into the Stage 2A traffic configuration. An overview of the Stage 2A configuration on University Ave. and University Bay Dr. are both included below.  View full traffic change map.
  • Once traffic has been moved into the Stage 2A configuration, roadway work will resume on University Bay Dr. and on the north side of University Ave. from Shorewood Blvd. to University Bay Dr.

Traffic Impacts

  • A detour of the multi-use path on the north side of University Ave. between Shorewood Blvd. and Highland Ave. is anticipated to begin on April 19, 2023. Electronic message signs will be placed on the path approximately three days before the detour is scheduled to begin. Detour signage will be installed to delineate the route throughout the duration of the detour. Please note that a map of the detour route will be published on the project website and included in the weekly update the week of April 10, 2023. Note that the work is weather dependent and may be subject to change.
  • Please be aware that there is ongoing private utility work occurring within the project limits that may not be included on this update for the University Ave. roadway construction. If you require additional information on the private utility work, please provide your inquiry to and the University Ave. project team will put you in direct contact with the appropriate private utility company performing the work.

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Project Overview

University Ave is scheduled for reconstruction from Shorewood Boulevard/Hill St to University Bay Drive/Farley Ave. The City of Madison is jointly participating with the Village of Shorewood Hills on the design and construction. The project includes reconstruction of pavement, curb and gutter, sidewalk as necessary, street lighting, traffic signals, water main, sanitary sewer and storm sewer.  Alternatives to improve pedestrian & bicycle connectivity, bus rapid transit initiatives and stormwater drainage have been reviewed, and the project plans have been updated to include a new pedestrian & bike overpass of University Bay Dr., a widened sidewalk along the southerly side of University Ave., and a 96-inch storm sewer pipe to help improve drainage in the area.  The project continues to be coordinated with the City’s planning efforts for bus rapid transit.

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Project Limits

Shorewood Boulevard/Hill St to University Bay Drive/Farley Ave.

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Project Schedule

Construction is scheduled for 2022.

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

The monthly resident and business coordination meeting will occur at the project field office (3230 University Avenue, Suite 7) at 11 a.m., Nov. 9, 2022

City Meetings, Process

Board of Public Works: June 16, 2021

Transportation Commission: April 15, 2020

Common Council: July 6, 2021


Extension of work hours for Construction Activities (Starting around Aug. 15, 2022)