Blair Street South

Last Updated: 10/12/2020

Latest Update

10/12/2020 Update:
The project geometrics were approved by the Transportation Commission, Board of Public Works and Common Council with a recommendation to continue to review the curb and cycle alignment along the south side of E. Wilson St.  Engineering staff met with representatives of the Blair Street gardens to review the proposed work in this area, and the plans will be updated to limit impacts on the gardens while also extending the proposed cycle track as far to the west as possible. 
August 2020 Preliminary Intersection Plan  (Click "PDF" to view)

Project Overview

Blair Street is scheduled for reconstruction from John Nolen Dr to E Washington in 2022. The City of Madison is working jointly with the State Department of Transportation on design and construction of the project. The project will include safety improvements at the Wilson St/Williamson St intersection as well as pavement replacement of Blair St from Wilson/Williamson to E Washington and E Washington from Blair St to Blount St. The project will also include replacement of the sanitary sewer within the project limits, and new pedestrian scale lighting is also proposed as part of the project. The project team is also reviewing the intersection of Main St. and Blair St. for a potential new traffic signal. This project is also being coordinated with the Wilson Street Corridor Study.

Blair Pavement Replacement 
Blair Street Current Layout 

August 2020 Preliminary Intersection Plan  (Click "PDF" to view)

Project Limits

S. Blair St. from John Nolen Dr. to E. Washington Ave.

E. Washington Ave. from Blair St. to Blount St.

Project includes reconstruction of Blair/Williamson/Wilson/John Nolen intersection

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

A public information meeting was held Nov. 4, 2019, Madison Municipal Building Room 153, 215 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, Madison, WI.
Nov. 4, 2019 Public Information Meeting PowerPoint Presentation
Nov. 4, 2019 Public Information Meeting Proposed Design Map

City Meetings, Public Hearings

Approval of project geometrics:
Transportation Commission: Aug. 12, 2020
Board of Public Works: Aug. 19, 2020
Common Council: Sept. 1, 2020

On June 24, this project was discussed at the virtual Transportation Commission meeting. Staff presented the current project geometry along with options for how this intersection could incorporate a two-way cycle track, should that be the final recommendation of the Wilson Street Corridor Study. Among other input, the Commission preferred “Option 2” for the ultimate design of a cycle track at this intersection if that is what ultimately is to be installed on Wilson St. View Option 2 Plan: Wilson-Blair