East Johnson Street is one of three primary east/west arterials on the east Madison isthmus serving 30,000 vehicles per day. The existing corridor was last reconstructed in the 1960s and needed upgrading. The City of Madison hired us to design the project and address three major goals: replace aging infrastructure, better serve all users along the corridor by achieving end-to-end bicycle accommodation and improving existing pedestrian accommodation, and provide for the future public market located within the project limits.

Multimodal accommodations were enhanced by:

  • Reducing travel lane widths from 11 to 10 feet to provide space for multimodal improvements.
  • Reconfiguring the roadway on the Yahara River bridge to make room for a multiuse path on the bridge.
  • Incorporating the Wisconsin & Southern Railroad crossings and equipment into the design to avoid costly impacts.
  • Providing an off-street cycle-track (6-foot wide sidewalk and 10-foot wide bicycle path), along the south side of the roadway from the Yahara River bridge to First Street (STH 113), with a ‘bicycle interchange’ with the existing Yahara River path.
  • Enhancing bicycle and pedestrian accommodations and improving safety with bicycle signals, green colored crosswalk, dedicated signal crossing phase, a curb bump-out, and widening of roadway median.

ACEC Wisconsin State Finalist Award Winner

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