University Avenue lane closures to start in mid-May, continue into 2023

MADISON, Wis. — Drivers who use University Avenue as part of their commute will need to plan ahead for lane closures later this month, the city of Madison says.

A reconstruction project between Shorewood Boulevard and University Bay Drive — the area between the Whole Foods on University Avenue and the split with Campus Drive — will begin at 7 a.m. on Wednesday, May 18. It will be a long-term project, with work taking place over the course of two years, starting with the westbound lanes of University Avenue.

During that time, both westbound and eastbound traffic will travel on the current eastbound lanes, with two lanes of traffic in each direction during the peak travel hours of 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. One lane of traffic in both directions will be kept open during all other times.

Next year, the work will shift to the eastbound lanes, with traffic in both directions shifting to the newly rebuilt westbound lanes.

Madison’s engineering department says work on the westbound lanes is scheduled to take place between May 18 and Oct. 16 this year before being suspended during the winter. The eastbound lane work is scheduled to take place between April 2023 and mid-August 2023.

You can read more about the University Avenue project and get construction updates on the city’s website.

Detailed plans for the project are publicly available and can be seen below.