Awards: APWA-WI Project of the Year, WisDOT Excellence in Highway Design-Urban, WisDOT Outstanding Highway Construction,  ACEC WI Best of State

Size: 1-mile urbanized corridor with 35,000 S.Y. of concrete lanes, 1,000 S.Y. decorative concrete, 25,000 L.F. of curb and gutter, plus 60,000 S.F. of sidewalk

Monona Drive is a heavily urbanized corridor serving the City of Monona and the east side of the City of Madison. Last reconstructed in 1967 as a four-lane undivided concrete roadway, this corridor was characterized by a crash rate three times the state average, 50 driveways per mile, no bicycle and incomplete pedestrian accommodations, and an unattractive array of utility lines, severely deteriorated pavement, and little landscaping.

Improvements include adding bike lanes, introducing raised medians with colored and textured concrete and landscaping, significantly reducing the number of driveways through access easements and reorganizing parking lots, reconstructing major utilities, and improving aesthetics with more than 3,400 plantings, decorative lighting, stone walls, and street furniture.

Construction of the new four-lane roadway was quite complex. It involved five stages and included maintaining property access through the use of a two-way left turn lane and 42 paving gaps; limiting construction to a 40-foot work zone; and coordinating up to 12 different contractors.

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