(MADISON, Wis.)—As reconstruction begins on the Atwood Avenue project, the southbound lanes from Oakridge Avenue/Sugar Avenue to Cottage Grove Road will be closed beginning Thursday, March 9, after the morning commute. 

“The work we are doing now on Atwood Avenue is one step closer to providing area residents with new infrastructure and enhanced pedestrian and bicycle safety,” City of Madison Project Manager Andrew Zwieg said. “We appreciate everyone’s patience and understanding during this road closure.”
The traffic switch will result in the following changes:

  • Traffic will be restricted to one northbound lane on Atwood Avenue between Cottage Grove Road and Oakridge Avenue/Sugar Avenue. 
  • The southbound lanes of Atwood Avenue between Fair Oaks Avenue and Oakridge Avenue/Sugar Avenue may be used for local traffic only.
  • As a detour for vehicles wanting to travel southbound Atwood Avenue, take Fair Oaks Avenue to Milwaukee Street to Stoughton Road to Cottage Grove Rd.
  • Vehicles approaching Atwood Avenue from Walter Street, Dennett Drive, Margaret Street and Olbrich Avenue will only be permitted to make a right turn.  
  • Vehicles traveling northbound on Atwood Avenue will have access to all side streets and driveways.

In addition, Metro Transit will be altering their routes during the closure.

The entire project is slated to be completed by the fall of 2023.

Access to Olbrich Park and Olbrich Botanical Gardens remain open throughout the project, and route changes may be anticipated.

For more information about the project, please visit the project page on the City of Madison website