University Avenue

Last Updated: 10/28/2020

Latest Update 

10/20/2020 Update:
The City of Madison, Village of Shorewood Hills and WisDOT continue to work on finalizing the design of the roadway, overpass structure and new utilities associated with the reconstruction project along with reviewing potential construction staging.  Another public meeting is tentatively planned for later this winter.

In the spring of 2020, the roadway geometrics were approved by the Transportation Commission, Board of Public Works, and Common Council. Current plan, typical section, and overpass plan are posted.

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.

Full Project Map
Typical Section Example
University Bay Overpass Alternative

Project Limits

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

Project Limits Map

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

Public Information Meeting No. 2 was held Dec. 18, 2019 at the Best Western Inn Towner, 2424 University Avenue.
Dec. 18, 2019 Public Information Meeting No. 2 PowerPoint Presentation
Dec. 18, 2019 Public Information Meeting No. 2 Display Photo

Public Information Meeting No. 1 was held June 13, 2019 at UW Credit Union Corporate Headquarters, 3500 University Ave. 
June 13, 2019 Public Information Meeting No. 1 PowerPoint Presentation
June 13, 2019 Public Information Meeting No. 1 Preliminary Plan Overview

City Meetings, Process

Approval of Geometrics:

Board of Public Works: March 25, 2020

Transportation Commission: April 15, 2020

Common Council: April 21, 2020

Final project approval:

Board of Public Works: TBD

Common Council: TBD