Monroe Street Reconstruction 2018

The page is created to serve as an information source for members of the Edgewood College community regarding the Monroe Street Reconstruction Project. We will provide updates on this page, with dates, as they become available. 

UPDATE: Directions to Main Campus in 2018

Monroe Street, the street that offers access to campus, is undergoing construction in 2018. There is only one lane open from Glenway Street to the west (from the direction of the Beltline) all the way to Grant Street (toward Camp Randall Stadium). 

From the Beltline: follow signs/gps directions to Edgewood College, and allow extra time since all traffic will be moving in a single lane.

From downtown/UW Campus areaaccess campus using Jefferson Street. Follow the signs on campus at the gated entrance to the College.



(September 20, 2018) - UPDATE: Rain in Madison this week may have affected the schedule for work planned for Saturday, Sept. 22, 2018. That work will render Woodrow Street at Monroe Street closed from approx. 8:00 am - 2:00 pm. This closure is needed for water main and storm sewer work. Accessible parking for The Stream, including for performances in the Diane Ballweg Theatre, may be reached during affected times by using internal campus roads to reach Woodrow Street.

(September 13, 2018) - UPDATE: The City of Madison has moved the estimated date of completion of the project to November 30. The previous estimated completion date was November 16, 2018. 

(September 12, 2018) - UPDATE: The City of Madison reports that on Friday, Sept. 14, and again on Saturday, Sept. 22, 2018, Woodrow Street at Monroe Street will be closed from approximately 8:00 am - 2:00 pm. These closures are needed for water main and storm sewer work. Accessible parking for The Stream, including for performances in the Diane Ballweg Theatre, may be reached during affected times by using internal campus roads to reach Woodrow Street.

Further, sometime in early October, part of the work that remains to be done on Monroe Street will necessitate the closing of Edgewood College Drive at Monroe Street. This will affect all of campus for approximately 1.5 weeks. We will receive advance notice of this closure with specific dates soon - right now, early October is the best estimate. During this relatively brief period, please use extra caution when on campus - whether you are walking, biking, or driving. The closure at this intersection will affect traffic for ALL the students, faculty and staff of the three schools that share these 55 acres. 

Please watch EC Today, Wingra Weekly, and your email for specific dates of when the Edgewood College Drive intersection will be affected. We will share those dates in these channels as soon as we receive them. 


(July 27, 2018) - UPDATE: The City of Madison reports that the Monroe Street Project completion date is the end of November 2018.

As has been the case since March of this year, eastbound Metro Transit routes will be maintained with bus stops at Glenway Street, Commonwealth Avenue, Arbor Drive, Leonard Street, and Grant Street. Planned detours and shuttle information can be found at


(Mar. 8, 2018) - Monroe Street will be reduced to one lane inbound towards downtown Madison beginning Monday March 12th.

Accessing the campus will be impacted. We expect increased internal traffic by the College, High School, and Campus School. Following is important information:

Edgewood Avenue Gate (at the Marshall Lot) Will be Open 24 Hours

  • Vehicles will be able to access the lower campus through this gate.
  • Vehicles coming from the lower campus will be able to exit through this gate.

Internal Traffic Patterns

  • Traffic on the internal road between the High School and Marshall Hall will be one way toward the lower campus.
  • Traffic on the internal road between Marshall Hall and Dominican Hall will be one way toward the Edgewood Avenue Gate.
  • We anticipate significant traffic through the center of campus, especially from 7:00-9:00 a.m. and from 2:00-3:00 p.m.

 Park and Pleasure Drive

  • The Campus School will use the Park and Pleasure Drive for student drop off between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m. and for student pickup between 2:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.
  • Traffic on the Park and Pleasure Drive is one way from Woodrow Street to Siena Hall. From Siena to Edgewood Avenue the Park and Pleasure Drive has two way traffic. 

 Important Safety Information

  • Please slow down when driving on Campus - obey posted traffic speeds.
  • Students, faculty and staff should remain aware of automobiles on the roadways – please use sidewalks as much as possible.
  • The roadways in front of Dominican Hall and Marshall Hall are fire lanes - there is no parking (even temporary) in front of or adjacent to Dominican or Marshall Hall.
  • Students, faculty and staff please be aware that there may be vehicular traffic as you cross the Park and Pleasure Drive to and from Mazzuchelli Hall. 


(Feb. 26, 2018) - Lane Closures, Reconstruction Set to Begin Monday, March 12

The City of Madison has now posted signs along Monroe Street, indicating lane closures will be in effect beginning Monday, March 12; a single lane will be available for traffic moving one way only (toward downtown) beginning Monday March 12. The City of Madison provided a presentation on Feb. 21 to address questions regarding this project. That presentation is available online


(Feb. 7, 2018) - Student Senate to Host Meeting for Students, Faculty and Staff

The Student Senate at Edgewood College will host an event to inform students, faculty, and staff about the Monroe Street Reconstruction project. There will be a presentation on the construction plan, and on the timing of what will be happening. Information on bus routes, the opening of Park and Pleasure Drive, and College Shuttle routes will be available. There will be opportunity to ask questions on issues related to the construction project. The event is 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm, Monday, February 26, 2018, in Anderson Auditorium. Snacks will be provided. 


(Feb. 6, 2018) - Work to Begin ‘Around March 12, 2018’

Work on the Monroe Street Reconstruction project will begin in earnest ‘around March 12,’ according to a letter from the City of Madison dated January 30, 2018. That work is expected to be completed ‘around November 16, 2018.’

“During construction, Monroe St. will be reduced to a single lane of traffic moving inbound (from Odana/Nakoma toward Regent St.),” the letter states. “Periodic closures of most intersections will also take place, and on-street parking will be removed.”

According to the letter, outbound buses (away from downtown) will be detoured off of Monroe St., but inbound buses (toward downtown) will remain, with temporary stops at Glenway, Arbor, Commonwealth, Leonard (Edgewood campus), and Grant streets. The sidewalk on one side of the street will remain open at all times, and temporary crosswalks will be installed where necessary. 

The City of Madison will host an informational meeting about the project at 6:30 pm, Wednesday, February 21, 2018, in room 108 of the Sonderegger Science Center on the campus of Edgewood College. This is a public meeting.


(Jan. 24, 2018) - This information comes directly from the City of Madison. Beginning Monday, January 29, 2018 to Mid-March 2018:

  • MG&E Gas will install underground gas lines between Chapman Street and Woodrow Street.
  • Only one lane of eastbound traffic (toward campus and downtown) and one lane of westbound traffic will be maintained at all times--the peak hour traffic lanes will be closed.
  • Metro Transit bus service will be maintained in both eastbound and westbound directions. Some bus stops will need to be relocated or closed at various times.
  • Sidewalk on one side of Monroe Street will be maintained at all times.

Updates will be posted here as soon as they become available. 



(January 16, 2018) -  Please be aware in a short period of time, the Monroe Street Reconstruction project will begin. This project will significantly impact commute times and access to our Monroe Street Campus, possibly through November of 2018.

At the direction of President Flanagan, Edgewood College’s Monroe Street Reconstruction Task Force was created to keep apprised of developing construction schedules and find ways to mitigate the impact to campus.  Colleagues from the Edgewood College community have been meeting regularly since September 2017 to prepare. This communication contains the important information we know at this time. As plans are finalized, we will bring you up to speed.
Exactly when construction will begin has not yet been finalized by the City of Madison. Here is what we know as of today:

  • Utility work may begin as early as mid-January.  During this time, the road is expected to remain two-way traffic, though there may be sporadic temporary lane closures.
  • By the end of February or beginning of March, Monroe Street is expected to be reduced to one lane inbound towards downtown Madison. Vehicular traffic will be able to enter Edgewood College Drive via right turn only and exit the main drive via right turn only.
  • Regular bus schedules on Monroe Street will change once traffic is reduced to one inbound lane. A new bus schedule with east bound runs will we developed. Once schedules are published we will make you aware.
  • The Safe Ride shuttle will continue to operate for our students.  Students should use the shuttle for safety and avoid walking through the neighborhoods.  Edgewood College is working to find ways to ensure schedules are consistent with current runs. It is possible schedules will be adjusted based upon the time it takes for shuttles to return to campus.  
  • The shuttle program for faculty and staff will continue.  Edgewood College is working to find ways to ensure schedules are consistent with current runs. It is possible schedules will be adjusted based upon the time it takes for shuttles to return to their point of departure.  
  • Conversations are ongoing between the Campus School, High School and College to find ways to reduce traffic congestion on internal campus roads.

The City of Madison has approved temporary use of Park and Pleasure Drive exclusively for Campus School pick up and drop off. Gates will be regulated by the Campus School being opened briefly in the morning and again in the afternoon. Traffic will be directed from Woodrow Street back to Edgewood Avenue through Park and Pleasure Drive.

Alternative and expanded traffic patterns on internal campus roads are being evaluated. Future communications will address internal traffic.

We will do our best to communicate updates as additional information becomes available.

Thank you to the following community members serving on the Monroe Street Reconstruction Task Force:

Task Force Members

Al Brisack, Director of Athletics

Erin Bykowski, Assistant Director of Transportation and Security

Kristine Fruehling, Transportation Services Coordinator

Heather Harbach, Dean of Students

Ana Jimenez-Diaz, President, Student Senate 

Derek Johnson, Executive Director of Undergraduate Admissions

Rachael Lancor, Associate Professor

Scott Lanphear, Environmental Health, Safety, and Risk Manager

Mike Metcalf, Director of Security and Transportation

Nichole Rosa-Robinson, Events and Conference Services Manager

Ed Taylor, Director of Strategic Communications

Susan VanderSanden, Director of Facilities Operations

We anticipate frequent updates, and frequent changes to previously posted information here.