Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Monroe Street reconstruction midsummer UPDATE



Video and photos by Retiring Guy

Two views of what will be Crazy Legs Triangle (see rendering below)




6/11/2018 update starts here.

Only the middle stretch of Monroe Street is open to traffic at this time.



4/12/2018 update starts here.



3/15/2018 update, "Down to one lane going toward the Isthmus", starts here.

A distinctly Twilight Zone, eerily "Stopover in a Quiet Town" kind of vibe for this normally busy street.


Videos and photos by Retiring Guy

Keeping Monroe Street front and center amid the orange barrels.  (Wisconsin State Journal, 3/9/2018)
Strickland’s part-time public relations gig with the Monroe Street Merchants Association is formidable considering that most of the street from Regent Street to where it splits into Odana and Nakoma roads will be torn up and reduced to just one, inbound lane beginning Monday. The $22.4 million street reconstruction project, which began in early February, is scheduled to be completed in November, meaning months of traffic delays, no parking on Monroe Street and likely decreased revenue for the 100 or so businesses that call the corridor home.


Monroe Street retailers rally together, kick-start promotions to combat construction.  (Capital Times, 3/15/2018)
They own Brasserie V at 1923 Monroe St., and on Monday they "celebrated" the beginning of the massive project that will remove much of the car traffic in front of their restaurant for months with special pours of Alesmith Speedway Stout to welcome the construction company, Speedway Sand & Gravel. 
“We’re trying to find ways to keep it a little lighter and have fun with it,” Andrea said. 
And so far, it hasn’t been so bad.






2/14/2018 update, "First phase of Monroe Street reconstruction underway", starts here.



Madison exploring how to push forward pricier Monroe Street project.  (Wisconsin State Journal, 1/4/2018)
After bids to reconstruct Monroe Street came in far over estimates, Madison may tap city utility budgets and scale back parts of the long-planned project, even as costs are expected to rise from $17.7 million to $22.4 million. 
The project, slated to start in March and end by November, involves replacing decades-old utility lines, improving pedestrian safety and repaving cracked and crumbled blacktop along the busy Near West Side street.

Monroe Street road construction project starts Monday, will last until November.  (Wisconsin State Journal, 1/24/2018)
The first phase of the project will encompass only a short stretch, from Chapman Street to Woodrow Street, with Madison Gas & Electric installing underground gas lines. This should take until mid-March.


Original 11/30/2017 post, "Get ready to rumble on Monroe Street in 2018", starts here.



Madison nears end of planning phase for the $17 million Monroe Street reconstruction project.  (Madiosn.com, 8/17/2017)
The $17 million project, slated to start March 2018 and end by November 2018, involves replacing decades-old utility lines, improving pedestrian safety, and repaving cracked and crumbled blacktop along busy Monroe Street.

Among the redesigned features:   Crazy Legs Triangle


Monroe Street Reconstruction powerpoint.

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