Campus Construction Impacts

Find out how ongoing, current, and upcoming campus construction projects impact campus travel for motorists, buses, cyclists, and pedestrians.

Project details may change due to weather or other factors. This page will be updated as new information becomes available. Last update: 5/18/22

For a detailed map of projects and impacts, see the Lot and Street Impacts/Closures Map (PDF)

City of Madison project information can be found at cityofmadison.com.

West Campus


Work areas here include:
(A) University Avenue construction
(B) Electrical distribution project
(C) Natatorium replacement & Veterinary Medicine addition.

Pedestrian, transit, and vehicle traffic impacts can be found below.

West campus construction impacts
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Pedestrian impacts

Current

Southern sidewalk along Observatory Dr. closed between Colwood Drive and Easterday Lane

    • Detour via northern sidewalk

Starting May 18, 2022

East sidewalk on University Bay Dr. closing from Marshall Court to Highland Avenue

    • Detour via western sidewalk

Transit impacts

Current

Eastbound bus stop closed on Observatory Drive between Colwood Drive and Easterday Lane

    • Temporary stop available on Linden Drive in front of Lot 67

Starting May 2022

Park and ride shuttle stops on University Bay Drive (in front of Veteran’s Hospital) and University Avenue will close

    • Closure date to be determined

Northbound bus stop on University Bay Drive (in front of Veteran’s Hospital) will relocate

    • Closure date and stop relocation to be determined

Vehicle traffic impacts

Current

Linden Drive closed between Easterday Lane and Colwood Drive

Easterday Lane closed between Observatory Drive & Linden Drive

    • Access Vet Diagnostic Lab via Willow Creek Bridge

Lot 57 closed

Lot 62 permanently closed

Southbound lane of Walnut Street closed between Walnut Street/Observatory Drive roundabout & Campus Drive

    • Southbound vehicles detour via Highland Avenue
    • Vehicles traveling northbound on Walnut Street may turn right onto Linden Drive from Walnut Street
    • Vehicles may access the School of Veterinary Medicine by traveling south through Lot 59 from Observatory Drive, and exit via Linden Drive and Walnut Street (northbound)

Westbound University Avenue traffic lanes closed between Campus Drive & Shorewood Boulevard. Traffic lanes will be reduced but open in both directions.

University Bay Dr. traffic lanes closed between University Avenue & Highland Avenue. Traffic lanes will be reduced but open in both directions.

    • To avoid congestion, detour via Highland Avenue
    • For more information on the University Avenue/University Bay Drive construction project, see the City of Madison website.

Central Campus


Work areas here include:
(D) Babcock Hall addition
(E) Ag Bulletin & Horticulture utility projects starting early June
(F) CDIS/Physical Plant demolition and Brodgen Psychology exterior renovation starting June
(G) Charter Street closure
(H) Chemistry addition
(I) Mills Street closure
(J) Educational Sciences utility project starting May 23
(K) Observatory Drive construction starting early June.

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Pedestrian impacts

Current

West sidewalk and crosswalk of Mills Street closed between University Avenue and Johnson Street

    • Detour via east sidewalk and crosswalk of Mills Street

East sidewalk of Charter Street closed between University Avenue and Johnson Street

    • Detour west sidewalk of Charter Street

Starting fall/winter 2022

Southern sidewalk of University Avenue closing between Orchard Street and Charter Street

    • Protected walkway will be available around work area on University Avenue

Transit impacts

See mymetrobus.com for transit detour information.

Current

Metro Transit routes 4, 13, and 44 serving Mills Street detour

Madison Metro transit routes 11, 38, 44, 80, and 84 detour through the end of August. Stops on Charter Street, Linden Drive, Babcock Drive, and eastbound Observatory Drive are closed. Detours may change throughout the summer.

Madison Metro transit route 4 detours through the end of August. Stops on Mills Street, Johnson Street, and University Avenue are closed.

Visit the Madison Metro website for details and maps.

Vehicle traffic impacts

Current

Northern lane of University Avenue closed between University Avenue and N. Park Street

Southern lane of University Avenue converted to a “left turn lane only” between N. Lake Street and N. Park Street (not shown on map)

Lot 55 and east side of Lot 40 closed until summer 2022

    • Access Lot 40 via temporary driveway west of Stock Pavilion
    • Two-way traffic allowed on Babcock Drive between Linden Drive and east side of Lot 40

Mills St. closed between University Avenue & Johnson Street

    • Detour via Brooks Street or Charter Street
    • Vehicles may access Conklin Place

North end of Lot 11 closed

Section of Lot 26 behind Soils Building closed

Both lanes of Charter Street above University Avenue/Charter Street intersection closed

    • East campus detours: in/outbound access via Park Street or Lake Street
    • West campus detours: in/outbound access via Highland Avenue. Inbound-only access via Babcock Drive or Walnut Street

Starting  May 23

South leg of Mills Street/Johnson Street intersection closing

    • Detour via Charter Street or Brooks Street

South lane of Johnson Street closing between Mills Street and Brooks Street

Starting June 2022

Westbound lane of Linden Drive closing between Lot 30 & Babcock Drive

    • Detour via University Avenue or northbound Park Street to Observatory Drive

Eastbound section of Observatory Drive closing between Ingraham Hall and Charter Street. Additional sections of Observatory Dr. will close in later phases of the project.

    • Detour via Charter Street southbound to Johnson Street

Northbound lane of Charter Street closed above University Avenue/Charter Street intersection. Southbound traffic allowed.

    • East campus detours: inbound access via N. Park Street or N. Lake Street
    • West campus detours: inbound access via Highland Avenue, Walnut Street, or Babcock Drive

Northern lane of Johnson Street closing between Charter Street and Orchard Street

Orchard Street closing between University Avenue and Johnson Street

    • Detour via Randall Avenue or Charter Street
    • Southbound section of Charter Street between University Avenue and Johnson Street will serve as temporary loading dock for Psychology Building

Starting fall/winter 2022

Southern lane of University Avenue closing between Orchard Street and Charter Street

Central campus construction impacts
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East Campus


Work areas here include:
(G) Charter Street closure
(K) Observatory Drive construction starting early June
(L) Bascom-Lathrop utility project
(M) Sellery Hall steam project
(N) Kohl Center addition
(O) EH&S utility project starting summer 2022.

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Pedestrian impacts

Current

North-south walkway closed from Lathrop Drive to area between Birge and Van Vleck Halls

    • Detour using paths north of Van Vleck or west of Sterling Hall

No direct pedestrian access from Botany Gardens to Birge Hall and Law Building.

    • Detour using marked detour paths

University Avenue sidewalk closed between University Avenue/Charter Street intersection and Mills Street

    • Detour via protected pedestrian walkway along University Avenue between University Avenue/Charter Street intersection and Mills Street

East Park Street sidewalk closed between Dayton Street and Johnson Street

    • Detour via west sidewalk of Park Street

North sidewalk of Dayton Street closed between East Campus Mall & Park Street

    • Detour via west sidewalk of Park Street and south sidewalk of Dayton Street

Area of East Campus Mall adjacent to the Environmental Health & Safety Building, south of the tunnel, narrowed to a 10-foot pedestrian and bike path

Bicycle impacts

Current

Bike lane on University Avenue between University Avenue/Charter Street intersection & Mills Street shifted south

Southernmost lane of Johnson Street closed between Park Street & Sellery Hall parking entrance

    • Detour via Dayton Street

Area of East Campus Mall adjacent to EH&S, south of the tunnel, narrowed to a 10-foot pedestrian and bike path

Transit impacts

Current

Metro stop #455 in front of Sellery Hall relocated west of Park Street

Metro Transit routes 4, 13, and 44 serving Mills Street detour

Madison Metro transit routes 11, 38, 44, 80, and 84 detour through the end of August. Stops on Charter Street, Linden Drive, Babcock Drive, and eastbound Observatory Drive are closed. Detours may change throughout the summer.

Madison Metro transit route 4 detours through the end of August. Stops on Mills Street, Johnson Street, and University Avenue are closed.

Visit the Madison Metro website for details and maps.

Vehicle traffic impacts

Current impacts

No thru traffic on Lathrop Drive

    • Detour via Observatory Drive (westbound) or Johnson Street (eastbound)

Northern lane of University Avenue closed between University Avenue/Charter Street intersection & Mills Street

Southernmost lane of Johnson Street closed between Park Street and Sellery Hall parking entrance

Lot 78 closed

North end of Lot 11 closed

Charter St. closed above University Avenue/Charter Street intersection

    • East campus detours: in/outbound access via Park Street or Lake Street
    • West campus detours in/outbound access via Highland Avenue Inbound-only access via Babcock Drive or Walnut Street

Starting early June 2022

Eastbound section of Observatory Drive closing between Ingraham Hall and Charter Street. Additional sections of Observatory Dr. will close in later phases of the project.

    • Detour via Charter Street to Johnson Street

Northbound lane of Charter Street closed above University Avenue/Charter Street intersection. Southbound traffic allowed.

    • East campus detours: Inbound access via N. Park Street or N. Lake Street
    • West campus detours: Inbound access via Babcock Drive, Walnut Street, or Highland Avenue
East campus construction impacts
To enlarge, click on the image and scroll to find “Inset 3 | East Campus Closures and Recommended Routes.”