Last Updated: 11/27/2022

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11/27/2022 Update:

Work the Week of Nov. 28, 2022

  • A traffic pattern change will be completed for the eastbound and westbound lanes of University Ave. during the week. This final change before the winter work suspension will put all eastbound and westbound lanes of University Ave. between the east project limits and Shorewood Blvd. back to their pre-construction configuration until spring 2023.
  • The contractor will continue working to reestablish the roadway median.
  • Please be aware that off-peak lane closures (between 9 a.m.-3 p.m.) may be needed throughout the week to complete the installation of temporary medians, pavement markings, and to adjust traffic signals for the winter traffic configuration.
  • It is anticipated that active work on the project will be suspended for the winter months beginning on Dec. 2, 2022, pending any weather or unforeseen issues.

Work the Week of Dec. 5, 2022

  • MG&E Gas has private utility work that is not directly associated with the construction project that will be occurring during the week. This work will require lane closures for eastbound University Ave. between Ridge St. and Farley Ave.
  • Please note that on Dec. 7, 2022, MG&E Gas will be performing work in the early morning hours (approximately 3 a.m.) in the area between Ridge St. and Farley Ave.

Traffic Impacts

  • The multi-use path on the north side of University Ave. will remain open until the pedestrian overpass work begins in spring 2023. The existing multi-use path will require some temporary shifts and other adjustments to accommodate the work taking place at University Bay Dr. Advisory signs will be in place to notify pedestrians of sidewalk closures and alternative routes. 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)