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: 11/16/22

For a 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


West campus work areas include:
(A) University Avenue construction
(B) Natatorium replacement & Veterinary Medicine addition.

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Pedestrian impacts

Affected area Recommended routes Effective dates (approximate)
Sidewalks and multi-use paths around University Ave. and University Bay Dr. See City of Madison website for maps and recommended routes Through 2023
Lakeshore Path near Willow Creek Intermittent impacts to multi-use path due to Bakke Recreation Center construction. Follow detour signage. Through spring 2023
Observatory Dr. sidewalk between Colwood Dr. and Willow Creek Northern sidewalk closed. Detour along southern sidewalk. Through spring 2023

Transit impacts

Affected route or stop Detour information Effective dates (approximate)
Metro Transit stop #2442 Stop in front of Bakke Recreation Center construction relocated in front of Lot 67 (Linden Dr. Garage) Through spring 2023
Park and ride Natatorium shuttle stop Stop closed. Board westbound stop at Observatory & Elm Permanent relocation

Bicycle impacts

Affected area Recommended routes Effective dates (approximate)
Observatory Dr. in front of Bakke Recreation Center construction site Bike and traffic lanes merge. Follow signage and use caution when navigating the area. Through December 2022
Lakeshore Path near Willow Creek Intermittent impacts due to Bakke Recreation Center construction. Follow detour signage. Through spring 2023
Traffic lanes and multi-use paths around University Ave. and University Bay Dr. See City of Madison website for maps and recommended routes Through 2023

Vehicle traffic impacts

Affected area Recommended routes Effective dates (approximate)
Traffic lanes around University Ave. and University Bay Dr. reduced. Two-way traffic is available, but expect congestion and delays. See City of Madison website for updates Through 2023
Linden Dr. from Easterday Ln. to Colwood Dr. Access VetMed via Willow Creek Bridge Through spring 2023
Lot 57 Lot closed Through spring 2023
Lot 62 Lot closed Permanent closure
Easterday Ln. from Observatory Dr. to Linden Dr. Access VetMed via Willow Creek Bridge Permanent closure

Central Campus


Central campus work areas include:
(C) Babcock Hall addition
(D) Ag Bulletin & Horticulture utility projects 
(E) CDIS/Physical Plant demolition and Brodgen Psychology exterior renovation 
(F) Educational Sciences utility project

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Map of pedestrian, bike, bus, and traffic impacts in the central campus area.
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Pedestrian impacts

Affected area Recommended routes Effective dates (approximate)
Johnson St. from Orchard St. to Charter St. Northern sidewalk closed. Cross at Orchard St. or Charter St. to detour via southern sidewalk. Through November 23
Linden Dr. from Henry Mall to Lot 30 Northern sidewalk closed. Pedestrians detour to southern sidewalk. Follow signage on site. Through November 30
Charter St. from University Ave. to Johnson St. Eastern sidewalk closed. Temporary walkway available around work area. Through December 2022
Agricultural Hall, King Hall, Soils Building, and Microbial Sciences Sidewalks impacted by construction. Follow detour signage around work areas. Through December 2022

Transit impacts

Affected route or stop Detour information Dates effective (approximate)
Route 84 mymetrobus.com Effective starting May 16, 2022. See Madison Metro website for updates.
Route 4 and 13 mymetrobus.com Effective starting May 16, 2022. See Madison Metro website for updates.
Routes 11, 38, 44, 80 & 84 mymetrobus.com October 31 through late November 2022

Vehicle traffic impacts

Affected area Recommended routes Effective dates (approximate)
Northern lane of Johnson St. closed from Orchard St. to Charter St. All other lanes open. Through November 23
Linden Dr. from west side of Henry Mall to Lot 30 entrace Full closure. Detour using Observatory Dr. Vehicles may access Lot 30 from Babcock Dr. and turn left on Henry Mall. Through November 30
Lot 40 Southern section of lot closed. Access west side of Lot 40 via driveway between Stock Pavilion and Babcock Hall. East side access available via Babcock Dr. Through December 2022
Orchard St. from University Ave. to Johnson St. Full closure. Detour via Charter St. Through December 2022
Lot 26 Section of parking lot closed behind Soils Building Through December 2022
Mills St. from Johnson St. to University Ave. Both lanes closed. Detour via Charter St. or Brooks St. Through January 2023
Lot 22 Lot closed Permanent closure

East Campus


East campus work areas include:
(G) Bascom-Lathrop utility project
(H) Sellery Hall steam project
(I) Kohl Center addition & EH&S utility project

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Pedestrian impacts

Affected area Recommended routes Effective dates (approximate)
Eastern Park St. sidewalk from Dayton St. to Johnson St. Sidewalk closed. Detour using western sidewalk. Through December 2022
Walkways around Van Vleck, Botany Gardens, Sterling Hall and Law Building Pedestrian access limited in these areas. Follow detour signage around construction sites. Through spring 2023
East Campus Mall between Regent St. and tunnel Shared pedestrian and bicycle path reduced. Use caution when navigating the area. Through 2024

Bicycle impacts

Affected area Recommended routes Effective dates (approximate)
East Campus Mall between Regent St. and tunnel Shared pedestrian and bicycle path reduced. Use caution when navigating the area. Through 2024

Transit impacts

Affected route or stop Detour information Dates effective (approximate)
Routes 4 and 13 mymetrobus.com Effective August 2022. See Madison Metro website for updates.

Vehicle traffic impacts

Affected area Recommended routes Effective dates (approximate)
Lathrop Dr. from Chamberlin Hall to Law Building No through-traffic available along Lathrop Drive from Park St. to Charter St. Detour eastbound via Observatory Dr., or westbound via Johnson St. Through November 23
Park St. from Dayton St. to Johnson St. Right northbound lane closed. Remaining lanes are open. Through December 2022
Johnson St. from Park St. to East Campus Mall Far-right eastbound lane closed. Remaining lanes are open. Through December 2022
Lot 78 and 88 Closed Through 2024
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