Darbo Drive to Webb Avenue Connection

Last Updated: 03/19/2019

Upcoming 2019 Project Update

The City of Madison has delayed the project from 2018 construction to 2019 construction because the recent flooding and high lake levels have made it difficult for the removal of the 2-48” storm sewer pipes and construction of the new 48”x96” box culvert within the project limits. The contractor will construct the box culvert in the winter (Jan, Feb or Mar) of 2019 when lake levels should be lower. The street work would begin in April of 2019 and be completed by July 12, 2019.

Project Description

The City of Madison is planning a new street, which will connect Darbo Drive to Webb Avenue. The street would split the block where the Salvation Army is located, connecting Darbo Drive to the south, to the “kink” on Webb Avenue to the north. A map of the new street connection can be found here: Project Map

The new street is intended to provide better connectivity through the neighborhood, and to provide better access to the three commercial sites at 3002 Darbo Drive, 3059 E. Washington, and 3077 E. Washington (southwest of the Department of Corrections). These properties currently are only accessed off of the E. Washington frontage road, via Webb Avenue.

A Public Information Meeting to discuss the project was held on Thursday September 28th.

Update Due to State Law Change

While the City desires a pedestrian connection, sidewalks will not be installed with the project except along the Webb Avenue frontage of 3023 Webb Avenue. This is the result of a new state law (enacted with the budget in Sept 2017) which prohibits municipalities from using their established process for acquiring land (condemnation), for purposes of building pedestrian ways (sidewalks).

Next Steps

The City is in the process of purchasing the real estate needed for the project.

The project must be approved by the Board of Public Works and the Common Council to proceed. Scheduled dates for these meetings are:

Board of Public Works February 8, 5:30 P.M. - Room 108 City-County Building (210 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd)

Common Council February 28, 6:30 P.M. - Room 201 City-County Building (210 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd)

Please check the official City Meeting Schedule to confirm dates, times, and meeting location for meetings above.

Racial Equity Social Justice Tool

The City is using the Racial Equity and Social Justice Tool on this project. The purpose of the tool is to facilitate conscious consideration of equity and examine how communities of color and low-income populations will be affected by a proposed action/decision of the City. A draft of the tool is posted below. Please note that the questions in the document are a starting point, and the document will be revised and updated as we incorporate feedback. We welcome your feedback on this document, please contact Lisa Coleman (see contact info to the right) if you have comments. RESJ Tool