Last Updated: 09/24/2021

Latest Update 

9/24/2021 Update:

The Common Council approved the project on July 6, 2021, and, since then, the project team has continued to work on the final design and planning for this project.  As part of that final preparation, it has been determined that it will not be feasible to complete all of the construction work with this project in a single construction season, so construction on this project will completed in the summer of 2023.

The current construction schedule is to begin work in May of 2022 and complete all work on the northerly side, which will include the westbound travel lanes and sidewalk, the 96” storm sewer, the sanitary sewer interceptor line, and work on University Bay Dr., including the pedestrian/bike overpass structure.  The area will then be restored and re-opened to all lanes of traffic for the winter.  In 2023, work will consist of reconstructing the southern half of University Ave., which will include reconstructing the local sanitary sewer and water mains, the eastbound travel lanes and sidewalk.

Univ Ave (Shore-Univ Bay Dr) Roll Plot Exhibit 

Project Overview

University Ave is scheduled for reconstruction from Shorewood Boulevard/Hill St to University Bay Drive/Farley Ave. The City of Madison is jointly participating with the Village of Shorewood Hills on the design and construction. The project includes reconstruction of pavement, curb and gutter, sidewalk as necessary, street lighting, traffic signals, water main, sanitary sewer and storm sewer.  Alternatives to improve pedestrian & bicycle connectivity, bus rapid transit initiatives and stormwater drainage have been reviewed, and the project plans have been updated to include a new pedestrian & bike overpass of University Bay Dr., a widened sidewalk along the southerly side of University Ave., and a 96-inch storm sewer pipe to help improve drainage in the area.  The project continues to be coordinated with the City’s planning efforts for bus rapid transit.

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University Bay Overpass Alternative

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Project Limits

Shorewood Boulevard/Hill St to University Bay Drive/Farley Ave.

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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

City Meetings, Process

Board of Public Works: June 16, 2021

Transportation Commission: April 15, 2020

Common Council: July 6, 2021