Current Construction Projects

Overview


On this page are listed the major Public Works projects the City is undertaking in 2017. Under each heading there is a brief description of the project along with links to related documents and maps. The name and email of the City project manager for each respective project is shown immediately after the project name.
Among these are the City's annual projects for:
  • Street Reconstruction
  • Street Mill and Overlay
  • Street Chip Sealing
  • Sidewalk Repair
The first category above typically consists of one or two major street reconstruction projects. The second category provides new asphalt surfaces on several streets throughout the City. These projects are funded either by the Capital budget or by Tax Incremental Financing (TIF). In some cases, grants provide part of the funding.
The last two categories span multiple neighborhoods in any given year. Click the link below for the location of these projects for the current year.

University Ave Reconstruction

(Shawn Stauske: Email )

Dane County is partnering with the City to reconstruct University Ave. (CTH MS) from about 450’ west of Park St. to just west of Allen Blvd., where the 2012 University Ave. reconstruction project ended. The project will include new curb & gutter, replacement of concrete pavement with new asphalt pavement, limited replacement of sidewalk sections near driveways and intersections, and limited utility improvements. Two-way left turn lanes will remain in the center of University Ave. along the majority of this section, but pedestrian refuge islands will be added at marked crosswalks.

In order to keep businesses and residents informed during the construction project, information will be updated below as it becomes available. When information is updated, an e-mail notice will be sent to interested individuals through the City’s “Notify Me” service. To sign up for e-mail notices, click on the “Notify Me” icon in the left column of this webpage, then click on the “Construction Projects” topic of interest to receive notices by e-mail or phone text.

Project Update:

 

UNIVERSITY AVE. RECONSTRUCTION – STAGE 3 TRAFFIC SHIFT

Stage 2 work of the road reconstruction project is nearly complete, and the County plans to switch traffic patterns to use only the two north lanes on Thursday, July 6 (weather allowing), in anticipation of starting excavation in the next stage of construction work on Monday, July 10.  It is expected that all four lanes will be re-opened to traffic east of Branch St. on July 12.  This next stage of work is much shorter than the previous two stages.

Beginning with the next stage traffic shift and continuing through the mid-August project completion date, Madison Metro will need to temporarily close the bus stops at the Mayflower and Park intersections.  Metro Transit will resume service to the bus stops at the Branch intersection, and to the east (Maple/Lakeview & Gateway), as soon as traffic is restored to all four travel lanes (expected mid-July).  For several days between these two conditions:

  • Stops on University at Branch will remain CLOSED (until mid-July), passengers should use stops on Branch, Mendota or on University at Maple.
  • Stops on University at Maple will REOPEN (temporarily in the construction zone).
  • Stops on University at Gateway will remain CLOSED (until mid-July), passengers should use stops on University at Allen, or on University at Maple (only permitted stops along University, in expanded construction zone).
  • Stops on University at Mayflower, and at Park will be CLOSED.  Passengers should use stops on Park, or on University at Park Lawn (until mid-August).
  • There will also be a brief period during a detour (tentatively about July 24) that Park will be CLOSED, between University and Elmwood.  This will require Routes 70, 71 and 78 to detour (most likely via posted alignment, using Bristol - west of Park, between University and Elmwood).
  • Stops on University at Allen remain OPEN throughout construction.

Much like was done at Branch St., the traffic signals at Park St. will be set to run on a pre-timed pattern, without turn arrow phases, which may result in some delay.  If you routinely drive through that intersection, please allow a little extra time.

To simplify construction and reduce future maintenance needs, we’ve modified the plans to eliminate replacing the concrete island west of Park St.  That median island has little apparent functional value due to the driveway cross-overs throughout.  We’ll plan instead to provide only painted pavement markings for that eastbound left turn lane.

Please note that the sequencing of Stages 3 & 4 as shown on the plan drawings will be reversed, which the County thinks may expedite work by about a week.  This means that work will soon commence on the south half of the road west of Branch St.  We’ve re-labeled the traffic control stage number links on the website, but the drawing titles for Stage 3 & 4 traffic control plans will now be out of sync with the construction work staging.

As shown on the traffic control plans, the intention is to skip over the Park St. intersection until the stage of work is nearly complete, then close the intersection (with detour on Elmwood Ave.) to allow the work to be safely and efficiently completed.
 


Construction Staging Plans/Traffic Control Plans

Beltline Bridge over Terrace Ave Construction (WisDOT)

(David Layton: Email )
 
The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) plans to rehabilitate the Beltline bridges over Terrace Avenue 7/24-11/22.
 
Work will include re-decking the Beltline bridges and making other minor repairs. The sidewalk along Terrace Avenue will remain open under the Beltline except for two separate one-week periods of bridge deck demolition. The roadway of Terrace Ave. under the Beltline will be closed for the duration of the project. In addition, the Greenway Blvd. on-ramp to the westbound Beltline and the University Ave. on-ramp to the eastbound Beltline will be closed. These closures are necessary to avoid traffic safety issues that would otherwise occur on the Beltline.

A signed detour route will be in place for USH 14 / University Ave. motorists intending to travel south on the Beltline (eastbound USH 12 / 14). The detour will utilize westbound USH 12 to the Airport Rd. interchange.
Project information is also available by clicking “Projects & Studies” at www.wisconsindot.gov. For more information or questions, please contact David Layton of WisDOT directly at (608) 246-3821, or at his email link above.

Traffic Signals at Allen Blvd./ Maywood Ave

. (Shawn Stauske: Email)

This summer the City plans to install traffic signals at the intersection of Allen Blvd. and Maywood Ave. The signals will replace the Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacons (pedestrian crosswalk lights) that were installed a couple of years ago.

Dredging of Confluence Pond

(Gary Huth: Email )
 
UPDATE: Dredging resumed early in April. The schedule for completion of this project, which began in the fall of 2016, has been extended until early Summer, 2017. The City's Contractor encountered denser materials on the Pond's bottom than had been anticipated.

Confluence Pond is a detention pond located at the confluence of the North and South Forks of Pheasant Branch, west of Deming Way near the Spectrum Brands building. This pond is the largest and most important man-made storm water management feature in the City, with respect to flood control and water quality improvement.

Pheasant Branch Stabilization

(Gary Huth: Email )
 
The City will continue its multi-year program to stabilize the banks of Pheasant Branch. This year's project will focus on eroding areas between Parmenter St and Park St.

The project should begin in early fall. The construction activity is not expected to have a direct impact on the Public.

Mill & Overlay

(Shawn Ulsrud: Email )
 
Mill & Overlay is the resurfacing of a street by means of either a partial depth milling (removing only the top layer of asphalt) or full depth milling (removing the entire depth of asphalt without disturbing the underlying base course) then repaving with new asphalt. This type of work typically does not include underground utilities; it is meant to provide a new stable road surface at a lower cost than a full reconstruction.

The City intends each year to resurface several streets in various locations throughout the City. The locations for this year are shown on the project area map (see link above) identified in the legend as "Mill & Overlay."

Property owners will be notified prior to the start of the project. No daytime on-street parking will be allowed during the project, but access to driveways will be maintained whenever possible.

Project Update:

Amherst Rd. Schedule

  • Week of Aug. 7 – Install storm sewer and replace sections of curb
  • Week of Aug. 14 – Concrete curing
  • Week of Aug. 21 – Mill & pave asphalt pavement
  • City crew will provide painted pavement markings following paving by contractor

Chip Sealing and Crack Filling

(Shawn Ulsrud: Email )

 
The chip sealing project is intended to prolong the life of existing pavements that are in reasonably good condition. Streets to be treated are selected by PASER ratings (asphalt condition) and to the extent possible, are grouped by neighborhood. One might view it as a "coat of paint" for the streets to prevent damage from water and UV light. The locations for this year are shown on the project area map (see link above), identified in the legend as "Crack Filling & Chip Sealing."

Prior to applying the chip seal material, the major cracks in the pavements are filled with a rubberized compound. This may be done either during the prior year or shortly before the chip sealing.

The next step is to apply a layer of emulsified asphalt to the road surface immediately followed by a layer of small aggregate chips. At this point, traffic on the road can resume. A few days later, after traffic has helped to set the aggregate, the road is swept and the project is complete.

No daytime on-street parking will be allowed during the project, but access to driveways will be maintained whenever possible.

Sidewalk Maintenance Program

(Tom Weber: Email)
 
Each year the City inspects one-eighth of the City's neighborhoods to determine whether any sidewalks in those areas are deficient and in need of repair or replacement. More information can be found at the link below.

  • Sidewalk Maintenance Program

    UNIVERSITY AVE. RECONSTRUCTION – STAGE 3 TRAFFIC SHIFT

    Stage 2 work of the road reconstruction project is nearly complete, and the County plans to switch traffic patterns to use only the two north lanes on Thursday, July 6 (weather allowing), in anticipation of starting excavation in the next stage of construction work on Monday, July 10.  It is expected that all four lanes will be re-opened to traffic east of Branch St. on July 12.  This next stage of work is much shorter than the previous two stages.

    Beginning with the next stage traffic shift and continuing through the mid-August project completion date, Madison Metro will need to temporarily close the bus stops at the Mayflower and Park intersections.  Metro Transit will resume service to the bus stops at the Branch intersection, and to the east (Maple/Lakeview & Gateway), as soon as traffic is restored to all four travel lanes (expected mid-July).  For several days between these two conditions:

    • Stops on University at Branch will remain CLOSED (until mid-July), passengers should use stops on Branch, Mendota or on University at Maple.
    • Stops on University at Maple will REOPEN (temporarily in the construction zone).
    • Stops on University at Gateway will remain CLOSED (until mid-July), passengers should use stops on University at Allen, or on University at Maple (only permitted stops along University, in expanded construction zone).
    • Stops on University at Mayflower, and at Park will be CLOSED.  Passengers should use stops on Park, or on University at Park Lawn (until mid-August).
    • There will also be a brief period during a detour (tentatively about July 24) that Park will be CLOSED, between University and Elmwood.  This will require Routes 70, 71 and 78 to detour (most likely via posted alignment, using Bristol - west of Park, between University and Elmwood).
    • Stops on University at Allen remain OPEN throughout construction.

    Much like was done at Branch St., the traffic signals at Park St. will be set to run on a pre-timed pattern, without turn arrow phases, which may result in some delay.  If you routinely drive through that intersection, please allow a little extra time.

    To simplify construction and reduce future maintenance needs, we’ve modified the plans to eliminate replacing the concrete island west of Park St.  That median island has little apparent functional value due to the driveway cross-overs throughout.  We’ll plan instead to provide only painted pavement markings for that eastbound left turn lane.

    Please note that the sequencing of Stages 3 & 4 as shown on the plan drawings will be reversed, which the County thinks may expedite work by about a week.  This means that work will soon commence on the south half of the road west of Branch St.  We’ve re-labeled the traffic control stage number links on the website, but the drawing titles for Stage 3 & 4 traffic control plans will now be out of sync with the construction work staging.

    As shown on the traffic control plans, the intention is to skip over the Park St. intersection until the stage of work is nearly complete, then close the intersection (with detour on Elmwood Ave.) to allow the work to be safely and efficiently completed.