Monroe Street

Last Updated: 11/28/2016

Project Details

Monroe Street is scheduled to be resurfaced/reconstructed in 2018. The project limits and construction years are as follows:

  • Resurfacing – Odana Rd. to Leonard St.
  • Reconstruction – Leonard St. to Regent St.

The projects will include design consideration for many items including pavement, curb & gutter, sidewalk, storm sewer, sanitary sewer, water main, streetscape items, lighting, signals & green street / water resource considerations etc.

Reconstruction Survey 

The City of Madison held a survey on the importance of various issues (traffic, pedestrian, bicycles, bus transit, stormwater treatment, placemaking, etc).  Input received will be considered in the design of the reconstruction.  The results can be found here:  survey results PDF

Public Meetings / Engagement Process

Next – City Cross Section Approvals
The proposed cross section will go before the following city committees for approval.  Please visit the City Hall website to determine times and locations 
November 29, 2016 – Pedestrian/Bicycle/Motor Vehicle Commission
December 14, 2016 – Board of Public Works
January 3, 2017 – Common Council

October 27, 2016 – Edgewood College
Cross Section Open House
The City held the sixth meeting in the Monroe Street Reconstruction community engagement process. Staff presented about the outcomes of the Cross Section Workshop; results of City traffic modeling and analysis; and the final proposed cross section and design opportunities for Monroe Street.  The presentation and handout can be found here:
handout PDF
presentation PDF

September 29, 2016 – Wingra School
Summer Input Review and Cross Section Workshop 
The City held a meeting to discuss the proposed street’s cross section. A street’s “cross section” refers to how many feet of space are allocated within the public right-of-way for uses such as sidewalks, terraces, driving lanes, parking lanes, bike lanes, etc. The future cross section for Monroe Street must be determined before detailed design and engineering commences in 2017.  The presentation, handout & notes can be found here:  presentation PDF
handout PDF
notes PDF

September 1, 2016 – HotelRED
Green Infrastructure World Cafe
The City of Madison held a public meeting to discuss Green Infrastructure opportunities for the reconstruction of Monroe St. The presentation and notes can be found here  green infrastructure presentation PDF
notes PDF

August 11, 2016Edgewood College
Pedestrian, Bike, Transit Infrastructure World Cafe
The City of Madison held a public meeting to discuss the community’s perspective on issues and opportunities related to pedestrian, bicycle, and transit infrastructure design on Monroe Street, including how these different uses will interact following reconstruction.   The presentation can be found here:  ped bike transit presentation PDF
Notes from the meeting can be found here:  notes PDF


July 18, 2016 – HotelRED

Business Focus Group
City staff and representatives of the business community discussed the proposed reconstruction project.  Notes from the meeting can be found here:  business focus group notes PDF

June 13, 2016 – Wingra School
The City of Madison held a Monroe Street Reconstruction Kickoff Meeting on June 13, 2016 from 7:00 -9:00 PM in the Wingra School Gymnasium (2nd floor).  The presentation can be found here:  presentation PDF
Comments received by the City and other notes are included here:  Meeting notes PDF
Please see the attached letter from Ald. Eskrich regarding more details on the reconstruction process.  letter PDF

May 11, 2016 – Hotel Red
The City of Madison hosted a public meeting on this project.  Presentations were made and followed by discussion on the following two topics:
Proposed 2016 pedestrian crossing improvements along Monroe Street presentation PDF
Presentation of upcoming planning and engagement process for the proposed 2018 Monroe Street Reconstruction Project presentation PDF

If you have questions or concerns related to this project, you may contact Christy Bachmann at (608) 266-4095 or

July 9, 2014 – Edgewood College

The second listening session was held on Wednesday, July 9, 2014 at 6:30 PM in the Washburn Heritage Room at Edgewood College (Washburn Heritage Room is located in Regina Hall, #9 on the Edgewood Campus Map PDF. City staff provided a brief presentation and recap of the first listening session, then broke out into small work groups to gather additional ideas and input on the following topics:

  1. Streetscape amenities
  2. Pedestrian crossings
  3. Crazy Legs triangle area.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014 Monroe Street Presentation PDF

April 10, 2014 – Hotel Red
The City held a listening session to consider public input on the project. The meeting included representatives from City of Madison Engineering, Traffic Engineering, Planning and Metro Transit. City Staff provided a brief presentation, and then broke out into small work groups to discuss various topics. The meeting was held on Thursday, April 10, 2014 at 6:30 PM at Hotel Red, 1501 Monroe Street, Madison, WI 53711.


Engagement Resource Team
The City has implemented an engagement resource team composed of organizational and institutional stakeholders to help the City refine and implement a public engagement plan for the Monroe Street Reconstruction.  More information can be found below…
Charter PDF
Member List PDF
May 2016 Agenda PDF  Notes PDF
June 2016 Agenda PDF  Notes PDF
July 2016 Agenda PDF  Notes PDF
August 2016 Agenda PDF  Notes PDF
September 2016 Agenda PDF  Notes PDF
October 2016 Agenda PDF  Notes PDF
November 2016 Agenda PDF  Notes PDF