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Learn more about current and upcoming road construction projects in Madison

We’re checking up on the Madison Engineering Department and some road projects that are in the bidding, planning, designing, and construction phases.

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There’s nothin’ like construction season in Madison. | Photo by Chris Collins

Earlier this month, Madison landed in the top 50 on WalletHub’s list of best cities to drive in at No. 42. On a totally unrelated note, we’re taking a look at some major impact road construction projects happening in Madison.

From start to finish, the Engineering Department’s design process is as follows:

  1. Plan
  2. Design
  3. Bid
  4. Construction

Planning: East Wilson and East Doty streets

Planned improvements include new pavement, water main adjustments, and sidewalk repairs. East Wilson Street will also gain a new cycle track.

Scheduled completion: October 2024

In Design: John Nolen Drive

In coordination with the Waterfront Design Challenge, John Nolen Drive is in the process of getting a major facelift. Shoreline reconstruction, new lane configurations, and a pedestrian underpass are a few project details in the works. Final design approvals and bidding are estimated to take place in 2024 with construction planned for 2025.

Scheduled completion: 2026

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The west side of the isthmus will soon have a new look. | Photo via City of Madison

Bidding: South Owen Drive

Speedway Sand & Gravel Inc. recently won this construction project bid, so nearby residents can expect a Start of Construction letter come spring. From Hillcrest Drive to Regent Street, the goal is to upgrade the pavement, sewers, curbs, gutters, and sidewalk as necessary.

Scheduled completion: August 2024

Construction: Atwood Avenue

Stick to the side streets. While nearing completion, one lane of Atwood still remains closed for construction. The lakeside pedestrian path is closed near Starkweather Creek, with alternative crossings at Walter Street and Olbrich Botanical Gardens. Metro Transit bus stops are now at their permanent locations.

Scheduled completion: November 2023