University Avenue

May 31, 2024 Update

Work the Week of June 3, 2024

The contractor will begin installing the final lift of asphalt pavement on University Ave./Campus Dr. and all adjacent side streets. Please note that the asphalt paving will be performed as a nighttime work operation (7 PM – 7 AM) Sunday June 2, through Wednesday, June 4, 2024. This work will result in construction noise during the overnight hours, and we appreciate the understanding and patience of those that may be affected by the increase in construction noise for these three nights. Traffic will be reduced to a single lane in both directions on University Ave. and Campus Dr. while the final lift of asphalt is being installed. This work will require periodic short-term side street closures during the overnight hours. Traffic flaggers and detour signage will be in place to help direct motorists. 

Please note that the roadway will have uneven lanes while the asphalt paving is taking place and during the daytime hours between each night of asphalt paving. Uneven lane signage will be located along the roadway while the surface lift of asphalt is being evened up.

Work the Week of June 10, 2024

The contractor will be completing permanent pavement marking and sign installation, final restoration and landscaping work as well as performing general cleanup work throughout the project limits.

There is potential that daily off-peak (9 AM – 3 PM) single-lane closures in both the westbound and eastbound directions on University Ave. will be needed to complete this work. The contractor will attempt to limit roadway impacts as much as possible as the remaining work activities are being completed on the project.

Traffic/Pedestrian/Bike Impacts

Traffic will remain in a configuration that maintains two lanes in both directions during peak travel periods on University Ave. within the project limits (from approximately Shorewood Blvd. to University Bay Dr.). Through traffic is being maintained on side streets; however, alternative routes should be used when possible. Short-term sidewalk detours on the south side of University Ave. between Ridge St. and Farley Ave. will be needed to complete the remaining sidewalk and pedestrian ramps. Please be alert for sidewalk closed and pedestrian detour signage that will be in place while this work is being completed. Also note that the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project is utilizing single-lane closures east and west of the University Ave. project limits. additional information on work related to the BRT project can be found here: https://www.cityofmadison.com/metro/routes-schedules/bus-rapid-transit

Note that the work is weather dependent and may be subject to change.

View the full Weekly University Avenue Update.

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Project Details

  • Location

    • 2737 University Avenue
      Madison, WI 53705
  • Project Type

  • Status

    Construction
  • Estimated Schedule

  • Alder District

    District 5

Project Information

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.

Project Limits Map

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

City Meetings, Process

Board of Public Works: June 16, 2021

Transportation Commission: April 15, 2020

Common Council: July 6, 2021

Mailings

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

Project Updates

Work the Week of June 3, 2024

The contractor will begin installing the final lift of asphalt pavement on University Ave./Campus Dr. and all adjacent side streets. Please note that the asphalt paving will be performed as a nighttime work operation (7 PM – 7 AM) Sunday June 2, through Wednesday, June 4, 2024. This work will result in construction noise during the overnight hours, and we appreciate the understanding and patience of those that may be affected by the increase in construction noise for these three nights. Traffic will be reduced to a single lane in both directions on University Ave. and Campus Dr. while the final lift of asphalt is being installed. This work will require periodic short-term side street closures during the overnight hours. Traffic flaggers and detour signage will be in place to help direct motorists. 

Please note that the roadway will have uneven lanes while the asphalt paving is taking place and during the daytime hours between each night of asphalt paving. Uneven lane signage will be located along the roadway while the surface lift of asphalt is being evened up.

Work the Week of June 10, 2024

The contractor will be completing permanent pavement marking and sign installation, final restoration and landscaping work as well as performing general cleanup work throughout the project limits.

There is potential that daily off-peak (9 AM – 3 PM) single-lane closures in both the westbound and eastbound directions on University Ave. will be needed to complete this work. The contractor will attempt to limit roadway impacts as much as possible as the remaining work activities are being completed on the project.

Traffic/Pedestrian/Bike Impacts

Traffic will remain in a configuration that maintains two lanes in both directions during peak travel periods on University Ave. within the project limits (from approximately Shorewood Blvd. to University Bay Dr.). Through traffic is being maintained on side streets; however, alternative routes should be used when possible. Short-term sidewalk detours on the south side of University Ave. between Ridge St. and Farley Ave. will be needed to complete the remaining sidewalk and pedestrian ramps. Please be alert for sidewalk closed and pedestrian detour signage that will be in place while this work is being completed. Also note that the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project is utilizing single-lane closures east and west of the University Ave. project limits. additional information on work related to the BRT project can be found here: https://www.cityofmadison.com/metro/routes-schedules/bus-rapid-transit

Note that the work is weather dependent and may be subject to change.

View the full Weekly University Avenue Update.

Work the Week of May 27, 2024

The contractor will continue to prepare the roadway(s) for the nighttime asphalt paving work that is now scheduled to occur June 2, through June 4, 2024 (please see below for additional details of the nighttime work operations).

Installation of concrete curb and sidewalk on Franklin Ave., Ridge St., and on the south side of University Ave. will be completed during the week. Short-term sidewalk detours will continue to be in place while this work is being completed.

Roadway preparations for the final lift of asphalt pavement will require daily off-peak (9 AM – 3 PM)  single-lane closures in both the westbound and eastbound directions on University Ave.

The contractor does not anticipate performing work on the project on Memorial Day Weekend (Saturday, May 25, 2024, through Monday, May 27, 2024).

Work the Week of June 3, 2024

The contractor will begin installing the final lift of asphalt pavement on University Ave./Campus Dr. and all adjacent side streets. Please note that the asphalt paving will be performed as a nighttime work operation (7 PM – 7 AM) Sunday, June 2, through Wednesday, June 4, 2024. This work will result in construction noise during the overnight hours, and we appreciate the understanding and patience of those that may be affected by the increase in construction noise for these three nights. Traffic will be reduced to a single lane in both directions on University Ave. and Campus Dr. while the final lift of asphalt is being installed. This work will require periodic short-term side street closures during the overnight hours. Traffic flaggers and detour signage will be in place to help direct motorists. 

Traffic/Pedestrian/Bike Impacts

Traffic will remain in a configuration that maintains two lanes in both directions during peak travel periods on University Ave. within the project limits (from approximately Shorewood Blvd. to University Bay Dr.). Through traffic is being maintained on side streets; however, alternative routes should be used when possible. Short-term sidewalk detours on the south side of University Ave. between Ridge St. and Farley Ave. will be needed to complete the remaining sidewalk and pedestrian ramps. Please be alert for sidewalk closed and pedestrian detour signage that will be in place while this work is being completed. Also note that the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project is utilizing single-lane closures east and west of the University Ave. project limits. additional information on work related to the BRT project can be found here: https://www.cityofmadison.com/metro/routes-schedules/bus-rapid-transit

Note that the work is weather dependent and may be subject to change.

View the full Weekly University Avenue Update.

Work the Week of May 20, 2024

Please note that the contractor has postponed the nighttime asphalt paving work that was scheduled to occur the week of May 20, 2024, until May 28, 2024 (please see below for additional details of the nighttime work operations).

Installation of concrete curb and sidewalk on Franklin Ave., Ridge St., and on the south side of University Ave. will be completed during the week. Short-term sidewalk detours will continue to be in place while this work is being completed.

Curb and sidewalk work along with roadway preparations for the final lift of asphalt pavement will require daily off-peak (9 AM – 3 PM) single-lane closures in both the westbound and eastbound directions on University Ave.

Work the Week of May 27, 2024

The contractor will begin preparing University Ave./Campus Dr. and all adjacent side streets for the final lift of asphalt pavement. Please note that the asphalt paving will be performed as a nighttime work operation (7 PM – 7 AM) May 28, through May 30, 2024. This work will result in construction noise during the overnight hours, and we appreciate the understanding and patience of those that may be affected by the increase in construction noise for these three nights. Traffic will be reduced to a single lane in both directions on University Ave. and Campus Dr. while the final lift of asphalt is being installed. This work will require periodic short-term side street closures during the overnight hours. Traffic flaggers and detour signage will be in place to help direct motorists. 

The contractor does not anticipate performing work on the project on Memorial Day (Monday, May 27, 2024). 

Traffic/Pedestrian/Bike Impacts

Traffic will remain in a configuration that maintains two lanes in both directions during peak travel periods on University Ave. within the project limits (from approximately Shorewood Blvd. to University Bay Dr.). Through traffic is being maintained on side streets; however, alternative routes should be used when possible. Short-term sidewalk detours on the south side of University Ave. between Ridge St. and Farley Ave. will be needed to complete the remaining sidewalk and pedestrian ramps. Please be alert for sidewalk closed and pedestrian detour signage that will be in place while this work is being completed. Also note that the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project has long-term single-lane closures on eastbound Campus Dr. east of the Highland Overpass. additional information on work related to the BRT project can be found here: https://www.cityofmadison.com/metro/routes-schedules/bus-rapid-transit

Note that the work is weather dependent and may be subject to change.

View the full Weekly University Avenue Update. 

Work the Week of May 13, 2024

Installation of concrete curb and sidewalk and asphalt paving on Franklin Ave. and Ridge St. will be completed during the week. Short-term sidewalk detours will be needed to complete the work. Sidewalk closed and sidewalk detour signage will be in place to direct pedestrians to the active sidewalk locations. Vehicular traffic on these side streets will be maintained using traffic flaggers.

Minor concrete curb repair work on the pedestrian overpass over University Bay Dr. is scheduled to occur May 14, 2024. Workers will help direct pedestrians and bicyclists using the overpass while this work is completed.

Hydrant adjustments and sidewalk work will require daily off-peak (9 AM – 3 PM)  single-lane closures of the outside lane of westbound University Ave.

Permanent traffic signals at the Ridge St./Marshall Ct. intersection with University Ave. are scheduled to be activated on May 14, 2024.

Work the Week of May 20, 2024

The contractor will begin preparing University Ave./Campus Dr. and all adjacent side streets for the final lift of asphalt pavement. Please note that the asphalt paving will be performed as a nighttime work operation (7 PM – 7 AM) May 20, 2024, through May 22, 2024. This work will result in construction noise during the overnight hours, and we appreciate the understanding and patience of those that may be affected by the increase in construction noise for these three nights. Traffic will be reduced to a single lane in both directions on University Avenue and Campus Dr. while the final lift of asphalt is being installed. This work will require periodic short-term side street closures during the overnight hours. Traffic flaggers and detour signage will be in place to help direct motorists.  

Traffic/Pedestrian/Bike Impacts

Traffic will remain in a configuration that maintains two lanes in both directions during peak travel periods on University Ave. within the project limits (from approximately Shorewood Blvd. to University Bay Dr.). Through traffic is being maintained on side streets; however, alternative routes should be used when possible. Short-term sidewalk detours on the south side of University Ave. between Ridge St. and Farley Ave. will be needed to complete the remaining sidewalk and pedestrian ramps. Please be alert for sidewalk closed and pedestrian detour signage that will be in place while this work is being completed. Also note that the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project has long-term single-lane closures on eastbound Campus Dr. east of the Highland Overpass. additional information on work related to the BRT project can be found here: https://www.cityofmadison.com/metro/routes-schedules/bus-rapid-transit

Note that the work is weather dependent and may be subject to change.

View the full Weekly University Avenue Update.

Work the Week of May 6, 2024

Roadway grading and preparation for concrete curb and sidewalk on Franklin Ave. and Ridge St. will continue during the week. Traffic on these side streets will be maintained while this work is being completed.

An eastbound University Ave. traffic pattern change is tentatively scheduled to occur on Saturday, May 4, 2024. The change will shift the two through lanes toward the median. A similar shift in the westbound direction on University Ave. is tentatively scheduled to occur May 7, 2024. Please see Page 2 of the weekly update for a typical view of the upcoming traffic changes.

The contractor will begin performing work on underground utilities in the outside lane of University Ave. between Ridge St. and Franklin Ave. Please note that this work will likely require daily off-peak (9 AM – 3 PM)  single-lane closures in the eastbound direction on University Ave.

Construction of the permanent sidewalk and pedestrian ramps between Ridge St. and Franklin Ave. will begin during the week. Short-term sidewalk detours will be needed to complete the work. Sidewalk closed and sidewalk detour signage will be in place to direct pedestrians to the active sidewalk locations.

Work the Week of May 13, 2024

The contractor will continue performing work on underground utilities in the outside lane of University Ave. between Ridge St. and Franklin Ave.

Construction of the permanent sidewalk and pedestrian ramps between Ridge St. and Franklin Ave. will continue during the week. Short-term sidewalk detours will be needed to complete the work. Sidewalk closed and sidewalk detour signage will be in place to direct pedestrians to the active sidewalk locations.

Traffic/Pedestrian/Bike Impacts

Traffic will remain in a configuration that maintains two lanes in both directions during peak travel periods on University Ave. within the project limits (from approximately Shorewood Blvd. to University Bay Dr.). Through traffic is being maintained on side streets; however, alternative routes should be used when possible. Short-term sidewalk detours on the south side of University Ave. between Ridge St. and Farley Ave. will be needed to complete the remaining sidewalk and pedestrian ramps. Please be alert for sidewalk closed and pedestrian detour signage that will be in place while this work is being completed. Also note that the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project has long-term single-lane closures on eastbound Campus Dr. east of the Highland Overpass. additional information on work related to the BRT project can be found here: https://www.cityofmadison.com/metro/routes-schedules/bus-rapid-transit

Note that the work is weather dependent and may be subject to change.

View the full University Avenue Weekly Update.

Work the Week of April 29, 2024 

The Asphalt paving along the recently placed median curb will occur along with the installation of lower and middle layers of permanent asphalt pavement for left-turn lanes along University Ave. Please note that the asphalt paving operations will likely require daily off-peak (9 AM – 3 PM)  single-lane closures in both the eastbound and westbound directions on University Ave. and Campus Dr.

Roadway grading and preparation for concrete curb and sidewalk on Franklin Ave. and Schmitt Pl. will continue during the week. Traffic on Franklin Ave. will be maintained while this work is being completed.

An eastbound University Ave. traffic pattern change is tentatively scheduled to occur on May 2, 2024. The change will shift the two through lanes toward the median. An overview of the upcoming traffic pattern changes can be found on Page 2 of the weekly update. 

 

Work the Week of May 6, 2024

A westbound University Ave. traffic pattern change is tentatively scheduled to occur on May 7, 2024. The change will shift the two through lanes toward the median. An overview of the upcoming traffic pattern changes can be found on Page 2 of the weekly update.  

The contractor will begin performing work on underground utilities in the outside lane of University Ave. between Ridge St. and Franklin Ave.

Construction of the permanent sidewalk and pedestrian ramps between Ridge St. and Franklin Ave. will begin during the week. Short-term sidewalk detours will be needed to complete the work. Sidewalk closed and sidewalk detour signage will be in place to direct pedestrians to the active sidewalk locations. 

Traffic/Pedestrian/Bike Impacts

Traffic will remain in a configuration that maintains two lanes in both directions during peak travel periods on University Ave. within the project limits (from approximately Shorewood Blvd. to University Bay Dr.). Through traffic is being maintained on side streets; however, alternative routes should be used when possible. Short-term sidewalk detours on the south side of University Ave. between Ridge St. and Farley Ave. will be needed to complete the remaining sidewalk and pedestrian ramps. Please be alert for sidewalk closed and pedestrian detour signage that will be in place while this work is being completed. Also note that the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project has long-term single-lane closures on eastbound Campus Dr. east of the Highland Overpass. additional information on work related to the BRT project can be found here: https://www.cityofmadison.com/metro/routes-schedules/bus-rapid-transitNote that the work is weather dependent and may be subject to change.

View the full University Avenue Weekly Update. 

Work the Week of April 22, 2024

The contractor will complete installation of stamped and colored concrete medians and will begin final restoration and placement of sod in the medians of University Ave. and Campus Dr. throughout the project limits. This work will require daily off-peak (9 AM – 3 PM) single-lane closures in both the eastbound and westbound directions on University Ave. and Campus Dr.  

Roadway grading and preparation for concrete curb and sidewalk on Franklin Ave. and Schmitt Pl. will be occurring during the week. Traffic on Franklin Ave. will be maintained while this work is being completed.

Installation of traffic signal bases and poles will continue in the University Ave. medians.

Temporary asphalt pavement along the median curb and left-turn lanes on University Ave. will be removed and existing roadway aggregates will be final graded in preparation for placement of permanent asphalt pavement.

Work the Week of April 29, 2024

The contractor will complete median work throughout the project limits.

Backfilling of median curb and gutter and placement of topsoil and sod in the medians will be completed.

Asphalt paving along the recently placed median curb will occur along with the installation of lower and middle layers of permanent asphalt pavement for left-turn lanes along University Ave. Please note that the asphalt paving operations will likely require daily off-peak (9 AM – 3 PM)  single-lane closures in both the eastbound and westbound directions on University Ave. and Campus Dr.

Traffic/Pedestrian/Bike Impacts

Traffic will remain in a configuration that maintains two lanes in both directions during peak travel periods on University Ave. within the project limits (from approximately Shorewood Blvd. to University Bay Dr.). Through traffic is being maintained on side streets; however, alternative routes should be used when possible. Short-term sidewalk detours on the south side of University Ave. between Ridge St. and Farley Ave. will be needed to complete the remaining sidewalk and pedestrian ramps. Please be alert for sidewalk closed and pedestrian detour signage that will be in place while this work is being completed. Also note that the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project has long-term single-lane closures on eastbound Campus Dr. east of the Highland Overpass. additional information on work related to the BRT project can be found here: https://www.cityofmadison.com/metro/routes-schedules/bus-rapid-transitNote that the work is weather dependent and may be subject to change.

View the full University Avenue Weekly Update.

Work the Week of April 15, 2024

The contractor will begin installing overhead sign structures and traffic signal bases and poles in the median. This work may require periodic off-peak (9 AM – 3 PM) single-lane closures in both the eastbound and westbound directions on University Ave. 

Underground utility work will be completed and roadway grading and preparation for curb and gutter will begin on Franklin Ave. and Schmitt Pl. during the week. Traffic on Franklin Ave. will be maintained while this work is being completed. Madison Metro Transit bus stops will be re-established on Franklin Ave. starting April 15, 2024, and service at the temporary bus stops on Ridge St. will be discontinued. Please visit the Madison Metro Transit website for additional details.

Backfilling of median curb and gutter, and placement of stamped and colored concrete sidewalk in the medians will begin during the week. 

Work the Week of April 22, 2024

The contractor will complete placing concrete curb and gutter, and stamped and colored concrete sidewalks in the medians throughout the project limits.

Backfilling of median curb and gutter and placement of topsoil and sod in the medians will begin.

Installation of traffic signal bases and poles will be completed in the University Ave. medians.

The contractor will complete aggregate placement and begin asphalt paving along the recently placed median curb and gutter.

Traffic/Pedestrian/Bike Impacts

Traffic will remain in a configuration that maintains two lanes in both directions during peak travel periods on University Ave. and Campus Dr. within the project limits (from approximately Shorewood Blvd. to University Bay Dr.). Through traffic is being maintained on side streets; however, alternative routes should be used whenever possible. Sidewalks on both sides of University Ave. will continue to be available for use. Please note that the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project has long-term single-lane closures on eastbound Campus Dr. east of the Highland Overpass. This closure on Campus Dr. is outside the University Ave. project limits and is not affiliated with the University Ave. construction project; however, additional information on work related to the BRT project can be found here: https://www.cityofmadison.com/metro/routes-schedules/bus-rapid-transit

Note that the work is weather dependent and may be subject to change.

View the full University Avenue Weekly Update.

Work the Week of April 8, 2024

The contractor will continue placing concrete curb and gutter in the medians throughout the project limits. Please note that the installation of concrete curb and gutter will require daily off-peak (9 AM – 3 PM) single-lane closures in both the eastbound and westbound directions on University Ave. 

Underground utility installation on Franklin Ave. and Schmitt Pl. will continue throughout the week. Traffic on Franklin Ave. will be maintained while this work is being completed.

Backfilling of median curb and gutter and placement of stamped and colored concrete in the medians will begin during the week.

Please note that pedestrian crosswalks across University Ave. at the intersections of Shorewood Blvd./Hill St. and University Bay Dr./Farley Ave. have been relocated back to the east side of each respective intersection.

Work the Week of April 15, 2024

The contractor will complete placing concrete curb and gutter in the medians throughout the project limits.

Backfilling of median curb and gutter and placement of stamped and colored concrete in the medians will continue during the week.

Traffic signal bases and poles will be installed in the medians near the intersection of Ridge St./Marshall Ct. and University Ave.

The contractor will begin aggregate placement and grading in preparation for median lane asphalt paving along the recently placed median curb and gutter.

Traffic/Pedestrian/Bike Impacts

Traffic will remain in a configuration that maintains two lanes in both directions during peak travel periods on University Ave. and Campus Dr. within the project limits (from approximately Shorewood Blvd. to University Bay Dr.). Through traffic is being maintained on Franklin Ave.; however, alternative routes should be used whenever possible. Sidewalks on both sides of University Ave. will continue to be available for use. Please note that the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project has long-term single-lane closures on eastbound Campus Dr. east of the Highland Overpass. This closure on Campus Dr. is outside the University Ave. project limits and is not affiliated with the University Ave. construction project; however, additional information on work related to the BRT project can be found here: https://www.cityofmadison.com/metro/routes-schedules/bus-rapid-transit

Note that the work is weather dependent and may be subject to change.

View full Weekly University Avenue Update.

Work the Week of April 1, 2024

Aggregate placement and layout for the median curb and gutter will be completed and the contractor will begin placing concrete curb and gutter in the medians throughout the project limits. Please note that the installation of concrete curb and gutter will require daily off-peak (9AM – 3PM) single-lane closures in both the eastbound and westbound directions on University Ave. 

The contractor will continue underground utility installation on Franklin Ave. Traffic on Franklin Ave. will be maintained while this work is being completed.

Pedestrian crosswalks across University Ave. at the intersections of Shorewood Blvd./Hill St. and University Bay Dr./Farley Ave. will be relocated back to the east side of each respective intersection. Sidewalk closed signs and pedestrian barricades will be used to help direct pedestrians to the active crosswalks.

Work the Week of April 8, 2024

The contractor will continue placing concrete curb and gutter in the medians throughout the project limits. Please note that the installation of concrete curb and gutter will require daily off-peak (9AM – 3PM) single-lane closures in both the eastbound and westbound directions on University Ave. 

Backfilling of median curb and gutter and placement of stamped and colored concrete in the medians will begin during the week.

The contractor anticipates completing underground utility installation on Franklin Ave. and will begin underground utility work at Schmitt Pl. Please note that through traffic on Schmitt Pl. is currently restricted as part of a city of Madison streets project that is reconstructing Harvey St. 

Traffic/Pedestrian/Bike Impacts

Traffic will remain in a configuration that maintains two lanes in both directions during peak travel periods on University Ave. and Campus Dr. within the project limits (from approximately Shorewood Blvd. to University Bay Dr.). Through traffic is being maintained on Franklin Ave.; however, alternative routes should be used whenever possible. Sidewalks on both sides of University Ave. will continue to be available for use. Please note that the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project has long-term single lane closures on eastbound Campus Dr. east of the Highland Overpass. This closure on Campus Dr. is outside the University Ave. project limits and is not affiliated with the University Ave. construction project; however, additional information on work related to the BRT project can be found here: https://www.cityofmadison.com/metro/routes-schedules/bus-rapid-transitNote that the work is weather dependent and may be subject to change.

View the full University Avenue Weekly Update.

Work the Week of March 25, 2024 

Traffic is anticipated to remain in a configuration that maintains two through lanes in both directions on University Ave. and Campus Dr.

The contractor will continue underground utility installation on Franklin Ave. Traffic on Franklin Ave. will be maintained while this work is being completed; however, Madison Metro Transit bus stops on Franklin Ave. have been temporarily relocated to Ridge St.

Removal of the existing pavement and preparations for the installation of the permanent concrete medians will be completed.

Aggregate placement and layout for the median curb and gutter will continue throughout the week.

Concrete bases for overhead sign structures will be installed in the median.

Work the Week of April 1, 2024

Aggregate placement and layout for the median curb and gutter will be completed and the contractor will begin placing concrete curb and gutter in the medians throughout the project limits. Please note that the installation of concrete curb and gutter will require off-peak (9AM – 3PM) single-lane closures in both the eastbound and westbound directions on University Ave. 

The contractor will continue underground utility installation on Franklin Ave. Traffic on Franklin Ave. will be maintained while this work is being completed.

Through movements and left-turn movements at the intersection of Ridge St./Marshall Ct. and University Ave. will continue to be restricted. Left-turn lanes to Marshall Ct. and Ridge St. will be maintained but may need to be adjusted while the permanent medians are being constructed at this intersection. 

Traffic/Pedestrian/Bike Impacts

Traffic has been changed into a traffic configuration that maintains two lanes in both directions on University Ave. and Campus Dr. (including existing turn lanes) within the project limits. An increase in construction activities on Franklin Ave. should be anticipated during the week. Through traffic will be maintained on Franklin Ave.; however, alternative routes should be used whenever possible. Sidewalks on both sides of University Ave. will continue to be available for use. Please note that on March 18, 2024, the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project began single lane closures on eastbound University Ave./Campus Dr. east of the Highland Overpass. These lane closures are not affiliated with the University Ave. construction project; however, additional information on work related to the BRT project can be found here: https://www.cityofmadison.com/metro/routes-schedules/bus-rapid-transit Note: that the work is weather dependent and may be subject to change.

Full Weekly University Update

WORK THE WEEK OF MARCH 18, 2024

Traffic has been changed into a configuration that maintains two through lanes in both directions on University Ave. and Campus Dr. 

The contractor will begin underground utility installation on Franklin Ave. Traffic on Franklin Ave. will be maintained while this work is being completed; however, Madison Metro Transit bus stops on Franklin Ave. will be relocated to Ridge St. Please visit the Madison Metro Transit website for additional details: https://www.cityofmadison.com/metro/routes-schedules/bus-rapid-transit

Through movements and left-turn movements at the intersection of Ridge St./Marshall Ct. and University Ave. will be restricted to complete work on the permanent median and pedestrian island. An overview showing the final traffic configuration at the intersection is included on Page 2 of the weekly update. 

Removal of the existing pavement and preparations for the installation of the permanent concrete medians will continue throughout the project limits.

 

WORK THE WEEK OF MARCH 25, 2024 

Removal of the existing pavement and preparations for the installation of the permanent concrete medians will be completed.

Aggregate placement and layout for the median curb and gutter will be performed throughout the week. 

The contractor will continue underground utility installation on Franklin Ave. Traffic on Franklin Ave. will be maintained while this work is being completed. 

Through movements and left-turn movements at the intersection of Ridge St./Marshall Ct. and University Ave. will continue to be restricted. Left-turn lanes to Marshall Ct. and Ridge St. will be maintained but may need to be adjusted while the permanent medians are being constructed at this intersection. 

 

TRAFFIC / PEDESTRIAN / BIKE IMPACTS

Traffic has been changed into a traffic configuration that maintains two lanes in both directions on University Ave. and Campus Dr. (including existing turn lanes) within the project limits. An increase in construction activities on Franklin Ave. should be anticipated during the week. Through traffic will be maintained on Franklin Ave.; however, alternative routes should be used whenever possible. Sidewalks on both sides of University Ave. will continue to be available for use. Please note that on March 18, 2024, the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project will begin single lane closures on eastbound University Ave./Campus Dr. east of the Highland Overpass. These lane closures are not affiliated with the University Ave. construction project; however, additional information on work related to the BRT project can be found here: https://www.cityofmadison.com/metro/routes-schedules/bus-rapid-transit Note that the work is weather dependent and may be subject to change.

 

 

Work the Week of March 11, 2024

The University Ave. contractor intends to resume work on the project beginning March 11, 2024.

During the week, the contractor will be adding traffic control devices to the project and making minor adjustments to the temporary pavement markings. 

Traffic will be changed into a configuration that maintains two through lanes in both directions on University Ave. and Campus Dr. on approximately March 11, 2024. The two through lanes in each direction will be positioned in the outside lanes so that work can begin in the center median of the roadway. Please note that single lane closures for eastbound and westbound University Ave. may be required during off-peak travel periods (9 AM to 3 PM).

Sawing of the existing pavement and preparations for the installation of the permanent concrete medians will be occurring throughout the project limits.

 Work the Week of March 18, 2024 

Removal of the existing pavement and preparations for the installation of the permanent concrete medians will continue throughout the project limits.

The contractor will begin underground utility installation on Franklin Ave. Traffic on Franklin Ave. will be maintained while this work is being completed; however, Madison Metro Transit bus stops on Franklin Ave. will be relocated to Ridge St. Please visit the Madison Metro Transit website for additional details: https://www.cityofmadison.com/metro/routes-schedules/bus-rapid-transit

Through movements and left-turn movements at the intersection of Ridge St./Marshall Ct. and University Ave. will be restricted to complete work on the permanent median and pedestrian island. An overview showing the final traffic configuration at the intersection is included on Page 2 of the weekly update. 

University Ave Update 3-8 Page 2

 

Traffic/Pedestrian/Bike Impacts

Traffic will be changed into a traffic configuration that maintains two lanes in both directions on University Ave. and Campus Dr. (including existing turn lanes) on approximately March 11, 2024. Sidewalks on both the north and south sides of University Ave. will continue to be available for use. Please note that Madison Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) work began within the University Ave. project limits on December 4, 2023. The BRT work within the University Ave. project limits will continue to have minor work operations taking place over the next few months. Updates on work related to the BRT project can be found here: https://www.cityofmadison.com/metro/routes-schedules/bus-rapid-transit Note that the work is weather dependent and may be subject to change.

 

Work the Week of March 11, 2024

The University Ave. contractor intends to resume work on the project beginning March 11, 2024.

During the week, the contractor will be adding traffic control devices to the project and making minor adjustments to the temporary pavement markings. 

Traffic will be changed into a configuration that maintains two through lanes in both directions on University Ave. and Campus Dr. on approximately March 11, 2024. The two through lanes in each direction will mainly be positioned in the outside lanes so that work can begin in the center median of the roadway. Please note that single lane closures for eastbound University Ave. may be required during off-peak travel periods (9 AM to 3 PM).

Sawing of the existing pavement and preparations for the installation of the permanent concrete medians will be occurring throughout the project limits.

 

Work the Week of March 18, 2024 

Removal of the existing pavement and preparations for the installation of the permanent concrete medians will be occurring throughout the project limits.

The contractor will begin completing the remaining sanitary sewer work in the outside eastbound lane of University Ave. between Ridge St. and Franklin Ave. This sanitary sewer work will require a minor traffic shift in the eastbound University Ave. traffic pattern which will begin near Schmitt Pl. and end just east of Franklin Ave. 

Please note that single lane closures for eastbound University Ave. may be required during off-peak travel periods (9 AM to 3 PM). 

 

Traffic/Pedestrian/Bike Impacts

Traffic will be changed into a traffic configuration that maintains two lanes in both directions on University Ave. and Campus Dr. (including existing turn lanes) on approximately March 11, 2024. Sidewalks on both the north and south sides of University Ave. will continue to be available for use. Please note that Madison Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) work began within the University Ave. project limits on December 4, 2023. The BRT work within the University Ave. project limits will continue to have minor work operations taking place over the next few months. Updates on work related to the BRT project can be found here: https://www.cityofmadison.com/metro/routes-schedules/bus-rapid-transit Note that the work is weather dependent and may be subject to change.

Work the Week of Dec. 11, 2023 

The University Ave. contractor will continue minor work operations on traffic signal components that are being installed at the intersections of University Ave. and Shorewood Blvd. and University Ave. and University Bay Dr. Please note temporary traffic signals will remain operational until all testing of the permanent signals is completed in January 2024. 

Temporary pavement markings will be installed at Schmitt Pl., Ridge St., and Franklin Ave. on the south side of University Ave.

Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) work that involves lane closures and traffic shifts will be taking place within the University Ave. project limits. Please see the link below for additional information on the BRT work that will be taking place over the winter months.

Work the Week of Dec. 18, 2023 

Roadway work operations for the University Ave. project will be paused for the winter months and remaining traffic control devices related to the University Ave. project will be removed from the roadway.

Weather permitting, work on the University Ave. project will resume in early April 2024. Most of the remaining work in 2024 will take place in the medians of University Ave. The remaining work on the project is anticipated to be completed within an approximate two-month period once work is able to resume in spring 2024. 

Please note that BRT work that involves lane closures and traffic shifts will be taking place within the University Ave. project limits will continue throughout the winter months.

Traffic/Pedestrian/Bike Impacts

Traffic was changed into an over-winter configuration on December 2, 2023. The over-winter configuration opened all travel lanes and turn lanes on University Ave. and adjoining side streets. Sidewalks on both the north and south sides of University Ave. are available for use throughout the winter months.  Please note that Madison Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) work began within the University Ave. project limits on December 4, 2023. Updates on work related to the BRT project can be found here: https://www.cityofmadison.com/metro/routes-schedules/bus-rapid-transit

 

Work the Week of Dec. 4, 2023 

The contractor anticipates changing the project into the over-winter configuration on December 2, 2023. The over-winter configuration will open all lanes on University Ave. and side streets with a temporary median divider between the eastbound and westbound lanes on University Ave.

The contractor will complete work for the 2023 construction season on Ridge St., Franklin Ave. and Schmitt Pl. and install temporary pavement at these side streets to allow for winter maintenance.

Once work on the side streets has been completed, the University Ave. contractor intends to suspend roadway work for the winter months with the exception of work on traffic signal components that are being installed at the intersections of University Ave. and Shorewood Blvd. and University Ave. and University Bay Dr. 

 

Work the Week of Dec. 11, 2023 

Minor work operations on traffic signal components at the intersections of University Ave. and Shorewood Blvd. and University Ave. and University Bay Dr. may occur during the week. Please note that the temporary traffic signals will continue to be used at these intersections while permanent traffic signal work are being installed and tested. 

No other roadway work on the University Ave. project is scheduled to occur during the week; however, Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) work that involves lane closures and traffic shifts will be taking place within the University Ave. project limits. Please see the link below for additional information on the BRT work that will be taking place over the winter months.

 

Traffic/Pedestrian/Bike Impacts

Traffic was changed into an overwinter condition on December 2, 2023. Single lane closures and/or traffic flagging operations on eastbound University Ave., as well as side streets on the south side of University Ave., may be required during off-peak travel periods (9 AM to 3 PM). Please note that Madison Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) work is scheduled to begin within the University Ave. project limits starting December 4, 2023. Updates on work related to the BRT project can be  found here: https://www.cityofmadison.com/metro/routes-schedules/bus-rapid-transit  Note that the work is weather dependent and may be subject to change.

Work the Week of Nov. 27, 2023 

On November 22, 2023, the traffic configuration on University Ave. was changed to a condition that moved the two eastbound lanes to be moved onto the newly completed asphalt pavement on the south side of the roadway. University Avenue Traffic Configuration (Anticipated 11-22-23).pdf

Curb and gutter work and installation of street lighting fixtures and traffic signals in the medians along University Ave. will continue throughout the week. 

The contractor anticipates changing traffic into the overwinter configuration on December 2, 2023. The overwinter condition opens all lanes on University Ave. and side streets with a temporary median divider between the eastbound and westbound lanes on University Ave.

Please note that off-peak single lane closures will be required in both directions on University Ave. in order to switch traffic into the overwinter traffic configuration. 

 

Work the Week of Dec. 4, 2023 

The contractor will complete work for the 2023 construction season on Ridge Street, Franklin Ave. and Schmitt Pl. and install temporary pavement at these side streets for the overwinter condition. 

Traffic signal components will be installed at the intersections of University Ave. and Shorewood Blvd. and University Ave. and University Bay Dr. Please note that the temporary traffic signals will continue to be utilized at these intersections while permanent traffic signal work are being installed and tested. 

 

Traffic/Pedestrian/Bike Impacts

Traffic is anticipated to change into an overwinter condition on approximately December 2, 2023. Single lane closures and/or traffic flagging operations on University Ave., as well as side streets, may be required during off-peak travel periods (9 AM to 3 PM). Sidewalk and pedestrian crosswalk adjustments, as well as minor changes to Madison Metro Transit bus stop locations, will occur periodically. Please note that Madison Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) work is scheduled to begin within the University Ave. project limits starting December 4, 2023. Updates on work related to the BRT project can be found here: https://www.cityofmadison.com/metro/routes-schedules/bus-rapid-transit  Note that the work is weather dependent and may be subject to change.

Work the Week of Nov. 20, 2023 

The contractor anticipates changing the traffic configuration on University Ave. to a condition that requires the two eastbound lanes to be moved onto the newly completed asphalt pavement on the south side of the roadway. 

Once traffic has shifted, curb and gutter work and installation of street lighting fixtures and traffic signals in the medians along University Ave. will begin. 

Concrete curb and sidewalk installation on the south side of University Ave. has been completed; however, there are a few remaining sidewalk gaps and temporary sidewalk installations that will need to be completed during the week. 

Permanent asphalt pavement has been completed for the new eastbound lanes on University Ave. as well as on Farley Ave. 

Please note that short-term traffic flagging, reduced roadway widths, and temporary lane shifts may be necessary while the contractor completes roadway grading and placement of asphalt at Franklin Ave., Ridge St., and Schmitt Pl. 

 

Work the Week of Nov. 27, 2023 

Installation of temporary and permanent curb will continue in the medians of University Ave. in preparation for the over-winter traffic configuration. 

Installation of street lighting fixtures will continue throughout the week.

Traffic signal components will be installed at the intersections of University Ave. and Shorewood Blvd. and University Ave. and University Bay Dr. Please note that the temporary traffic signals will continue to be utilized at these intersections while permanent traffic signal work are being installed and tested. 

 

Traffic/Pedestrian/Bike Impacts

Traffic is anticipated to change into a new configuration on approximately November 22, 2023. Single lane closures and/or traffic flagging operations on University Ave., as well as side streets, may be required during off-peak travel periods (9 AM to 3 PM). Sidewalk and pedestrian crosswalk adjustments, as well as minor changes to Madison Metro Transit bus stop locations, will occur periodically. Please note that Madison Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) work is scheduled to begin within the University Ave. project limits starting December 4, 2023. Updates on work related to the BRT project can be found here: https://www.cityofmadison.com/metro/routes-schedules/bus-rapid-transit  Note that the work is weather dependent and may be subject to change.

View the University Avenue Weekly Update:

 

Work the Week of Nov. 13, 2023 

Concrete curb and sidewalk installation on the south side of University Ave. is anticipated to continue between Schmitt Pl. and Farley Ave. Access to businesses will be maintained during this work; however, please note that available driveway widths may need to be reduced while the concrete is being placed and cured. 

Asphalt pavement will be placed for the new eastbound lanes of University Ave. between Schmitt Pl. and Franklin Ave. Asphalt paving will also be completed on Farley Ave. 

Installation of new sanitary sewer and water main between Schmitt Pl. and Farley Ave. has been completed.

Storm sewer connections and water main tie-ins at side streets on the south side of University Ave. will be completed during the week.

Installation of new street lighting fixtures will continue to be installed in areas where curb, sidewalk, and asphalt paving have been completed. 

Please note that short-term traffic flagging, reduced roadway widths, and temporary lane shifts may be necessary while roadway grading and placement of asphalt at side streets on the south side of University Ave. 

Work the Week of Nov. 20, 2023 

The contractor anticipates changing the traffic configuration on University Ave. to a condition that requires the two eastbound lanes to be moved onto the newly completed asphalt pavement on the south side of the roadway. 

Installation of temporary and permanent curb will begin in the medians of University Ave. in preparation for the over-winter traffic configuration. 

Traffic/Pedestrian/Bike Impacts

Traffic is anticipated to remain in its current configuration until approximately November 20, 2023. Single lane closures and/or traffic flagging operations on University Ave. as well as side streets on the south side of University Ave. may be required during off-peak travel periods (9 AM to 3 PM). Sidewalk and pedestrian crosswalk adjustments, as well as minor changes to Madison Metro Transit bus stop locations, will occur periodically. Please be alert for sidewalk closed and sidewalk detour signage identifying pedestrian routes. Temporary bus stop signage will also be in place identifying any changes to bus stop locations. Note that the work is weather dependent and may be subject to change.

Concrete curb and sidewalk installation on the south side of University Ave. will continue during the week. Access to businesses will be maintained during this work; however, please note that available driveway widths may need to be reduced while the concrete is being placed and cured.

Installation of new storm sewer, sanitary sewer, and water main will continue between Schmitt Pl. and Farley Ave.

The contractor will continue performing roadway grading and placement of aggregates as the underground utilities and services are being completed.

Traffic/Pedestrian/Bike Impacts

Traffic is anticipated to remain in its current configuration until approximately November 17, 2023. Single lane closures and/or traffic flagging operations on University Ave. as well as side streets on the south side of University Ave. may be required during off-peak travel periods (9 AM to 3 PM). Sidewalk and pedestrian crosswalk adjustments, as well as minor changes to Madison Metro Transit bus stop locations, will occur periodically. Please be alert for sidewalk closed and sidewalk detour signage identifying pedestrian routes. Temporary bus stop signage will also be in place identifying any changes to bus stop locations. Note that the work is weather dependent and may be subject to change.

View the full University Weekly Update Flyer

Work the Week of Oct. 30, 2023

It is anticipated that traffic will remain in the current configuration until approximately November 17, 2023. View an overview of the Stage 4 traffic configuration.

A closure of Hill St. is scheduled to begin at 7 AM on November 3, 2023. Hill St. is scheduled to reopen by 7 PM on November 4, 2023. An overview showing access to local businesses and access for pedestrians can be viewed here: Hill Street Closure

Concrete curb and sidewalk installation on the south side of University Ave. is anticipated to continue at various locations throughout the project limits. Access to businesses will be maintained during this work; however, please note that available driveway widths may need to be reduced while the concrete is being placed and cured.

Installation of new storm sewer, sanitary sewer, and water main will continue between Schmitt Pl. and Farley Ave.

Permanent asphalt paving between Hill St. and Schmitt Pl. is anticipated to begin during the week.

Please note that short-term traffic flagging, reduced roadway widths and temporary lane shifts may be necessary while underground utilities are being installed at the side streets on the south side of University Ave.

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