Last Updated: 02/22/2022

Project Update

2/22/2022 Update:

S Whitney Way and Hammersley Rd Intersection Pilot

Traffic Engineering will pilot closing the left turn bays at the intersection of S Whitney Way and Hammersley Rd beginning the week of February 21st. This temporary closure will last 1-2 weeks and is being conducted to analyze the impacts to traffic if the change were to be made permanent with the resurfacing project. The benefit to removing left turns at this intersection is that it would increase safety for pedestrians, bicyclists, and drivers by removing conflict points and also allows more space in the median for pedestrians and bicyclists crossing S Whitney Way. However, drivers who make this turning movement would need to start using a different route. The purpose of the closure is to get a feel for how it impacts all road users so please reach out with any feedback you have! Please send comments to jnash@cityofmadison.com or 608-266-6585, including any information (residence, typical vs alternative routes) you’re comfortable providing.

Potential Design Option

Combine northerly-side medians, restricting left-turns from Eastbound Hammersley to Northbound Whitney Way. Creates shortened, perpendicular path crossing with widened refuge and reduces potential conflicts. Potential design would include a Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacon (RRFB) to enhance bike/pedestrian crossing safety.
Potential Design Option for Hammersley Road Project

Following two well-attended Public Meetings (see links below for presentation slides and recordings), City Staff has reviewed the concerns on the removal of all on-street parking and we are proposing to add ONE Parking Pocket that could fit 5-7 on-street, parked cars on the south-side of the longest block of Hammersley (~2,000-ft) between Brookwood Rd and Whitney Way. This parking pocket would be mid-block in front of 5909, 5905, and 5901 Hammersley. The parking pocket would be constructed behind the existing southerly curb (south of the eastbound travel lane) and it would require some additional tree removals and grading. The additional tree removals include a 59” Red Oak in front of 5905 Hammersley Rd, in addition to an already identified tree removal (due to condition) at 5909 Hammersley Rd (20” Boxelder). There would also be some additional brush clearing behind the existing curb to construct the parking pockets, and if approved, we will work to keep all grading within the right-of-way.
Traffic Engineering is still collecting and analyzing turning count information for the Hammersley Rd – Whitney Way intersection and how a potential path crossing would work here. More updates to come on this soon.

Backyard Sanitary Sewer

After investigation of the backyard sanitary sewer system currently serving select lots on Hammersley Rd (5718, 5714, 5710 and 5706 Hammersley Rd), the City has determined that removing that main from service and instead serving those lots from Hammersley would be impractical. Therefore, the backyard service will remain in place. Please note, if you are one of the affected lots, that this should not negatively impact your sanitary sewer service; the City will continue to maintain this service and, if necessarily, will pursue an in-situ lining rehabilitation. No further survey will be required at these lots. If you have any questions, please contact Lauren Striegl at Lstriegl@cityofmadison.com.

City Staff will present an updated design to the Transportation Commission on Wednesday, February 23rd. To register for public comment, please go to the Meeting Schedule page on the City Clerk website (https://www.cityofmadison.com/clerk), note that registration may not be available for this meeting until a week before it’s scheduled. In addition, the project survey will remain open until March 2nd, 2022, please fill it out if you have not already.

Feb. 9, 2022 Public Information Meeting Presentation
Feb. 8, 2022 Public Informatin Meeting Recording
Feb.9, 2022 Public Information Meeting Recording
The project survey is open until March 2, 2022: Hammersley Road Resurfacing Survey

Project Overview

The proposed resurfacing of Hammersley Rd includes the replacement of asphalt pavement, sanitary sewer main & laterals, storm sewer, and water main. In addition, the City is proposing to redesign Hammersley Rd (2022: Brookwood-Gilbert & 2023: Gilbert-Beltline) to a 24-ft wide street with 2-way traffic, removing all existing on-street parking and on-street bike lanes, and constructing an 8.5-10’ off-street, multi-use path (for bikes & pedestrians) on the north-side of Hammersley Rd with curb & gutter and grass terrace (of varying-width) between the path and the street (see latest proposed plan). The cost to construct the multi-use path would NOT be assessed to adjacent property owners and the City would be responsible for maintaining the path, including snow removal. Property owners would responsible for mowing the grass terrace between the proposed path and the street. To accommodate some on-street parking on the longest block of Hammersley between Brookwood Rd and Whitney Way, an on-street parking pocket is proposed mid-block in front of 5909, 5905, and 5901 Hammersley that would accommodate 5-7 on-street parking spots.

The proposed design on the north-side of Hammersley Rd between Brookwood Rd and Whitney Way includes an 8.5-ft wide asphalt path, which was narrowed slightly from previous proposals (9-ft) in order to provide a 3-ft grass terrace and stay within the existing street footprint to avoid substantial tree/grading impacts. A 3-ft grass terrace provides space for relocated mailboxes, trash bins, and leaf/yard waste pick-up. The proposed design on the north-side of Hammersley Rd from Whitney Way to the Beltline Frontage Rd includes a 10-ft wide asphalt path and a 5-ft wide grass terrace.

With the proposed removal of the on-street parking lane, standard mail/other deliveries would continue on Hammersley Rd. Delivery trucks would either turn into individual driveways or temporarily block the travel lane, both of which are common scenarios throughout the City where there is no parking space available. Home Contractors will most likely need to park in individual driveways when visiting specific residences, which is also typical throughout the city.

Latest Proposed Plan

Project Limits

Hammersely Road Resurfacing 2022 Project: Brookwood Road to Gilbert Road

Hammersely Road Resurfacing 2023 Project: Gilbert Rd to W Beltline Frontage Road

Project Limits for Hammersley Road Resurfacing

Project Schedule

Bid Advertisement: April 2022

Construction: Summer/Fall 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, times and locations are indicated below:

Public Information Meetings

Feb. 9, 2022 Public Information Meeting Presentation
Feb. 8, 2022 Public Informatin Meeting Recording
Feb.9, 2022 Public Information Meeting Recording

The project survey is available until March 2, 2022: Hammersley Road Resurfacing Survey

City Process Meetings

Transportation Commission: 01/12/2022 (Preliminary Review)

Transportation Commission: 02/23/2022 (Final Approval)

Board of Public Works: 03/16/2022

Common Council: 03/29/2022