Last Updated: 06/21/2021

Latest Update:


The reconstruction project on S. Broom St. and W. Wilson St. has been delayed until 2023.  The nearby Tax Incremental Financing District (TIF) may be expanded in the near future, which could provide an opportunity to fund the undergrounding of the overhead utility lines in coordination with the reconstruction project.  The project delay is also necessary due to other projects already planned for construction in 2022.

Project Overview

The City plans to reconstruct and replace utilities on portions of W. Wilson St. and S. Broom St. in 2023. 

A test of a possible new lane configuration on Broom was completed in the summer of 2019, which involved having one northbound thru lane on Broom at Wilson St. and one right-turn only lane for vehicles to turn right on to eastbound Wilson St.  This test was successful and was used as part of the corridor study recommendations for Wilson St.  These recommendations include a two-way cycle track on the south side of Wilson St., along with a 10 ft. wide sidewalk on Broom between John Nolen and Wilson, and a separate two-way cycle track on Broom between Doty and Main.

The scope of this project includes replacement of the street infrastructure (curb, pavement, sidewalk, and driveway aprons) along with replacement of the sanitary sewer and laterals and replace of the water main.  Storm sewer will be replaced as needed to properly drain the new street configuration.  The project also includes replacement of the street lighting and installation of new pedestrian scale lighting.  The traffic signals at the Wilson/Broom intersection and at Broom/Doty will also be replaced with the project, and the new signal at Wilson/Broom will include separate phases for eastbound and westbound Wilson St., which will help eliminate conflicts with eastbound thru traffic and westbound left turns on to Broom St. 

Project Limits

W. Wilson St. between S. Broom St. & S. Henry St.

S. Broom St. between John Nolen Dr. and W. Doty St.

Preliminary Project Plan

Project Schedule

Construction on this project is now planned for the spring of 2023.

Public Involvement 

There are a number of points of contact during this project where the public is encouraged to give feedback as part of public information meetings and public hearings. Dates and times are indicated below.  This project is also being coordinated with the ongoing corridor study along Wilson St.  The anticipated dates of those meetings are also included below.  Please refer back to this website for any updates on the meeting schedule.

Public Information Meeting 

A public informational meeting was held over Zoom on August 25, 2020.

Presentation for Meeting on 8/25/20

A Public Information Meeting was held May 20, 2019.  
Public Meeting Presentation

City Meetings 

Corridor Study: Common Council Sept. 1, 2020, approved

Anticipated City Meeting Dates for the Reconstruction Project are as follows.  Note that the dates of these meetings may change depending on the input received from the community and committees.

Approval of Street Geometrics:
Transportation Commission: Aug. 26, 2020, discussed
Transportation Commission: Sept. 16, 2020, approved
Board of Public Works: Sept. 16, 2020, approved
Common Council: Oct. 16, 2020

Final Project Approval and Public Hearings on Assessments:
Board of Public Works: Oct. 21, 2020
Common Council: Nov. 17, 2020

Summary of past City Meetings on this project:
A public hearing was held before the Board of Public Works (BPW) on May 22, 2019. The BPW referred this project to the Transportation Commission, and the project will then be at the BPW again before the public hearing at the Common Council. Dates, times and locations for each of these meetings are noted below.

June 11, the Common Council referred the interim recommendations of the Wilson St. corridor study to the Transportation Policy & Planning Board (TPPB), and, June 12, the Transportation Commission referred the plan for the W. Wilson St. and Broom St. reconstruction project, to the July 10 meeting. Below is an updated schedule for the public meetings on items related to this project. Please note that each of these meeting dates and times are subject to change, so please refer back to the website prior to each of these meetings to confirm the date/time/location.

  • Transportation Policy & Planning Board: At the TPPB July 1, 2019, the Board did not approve the report of the interim recommendations for W. Wilson St., and instead recommended that the entire corridor study on Wilson St. be completed before making a recommendation on the street configuration for any blocks of Wilson St.
  • Transportation Commission: 5 p.m., July 10, 2019, Room 215, Madison Municipal Building, 215 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd.  Based on the recommendations from the TPPB, it is expected that the Transportation Commission will refer a decision on this project to a later date. 
  • Board of Public Works: 4:30 p.m., July 17, 2019, at 1600 Emil Street; discussion of the overall plans & specifications for the Wilson St. & Broom St. reconstruction project.
  • Common Council: 6:30 p.m., August 6, 2019 in Room 201, City-County Building, 210 MLK Jr. Blvd.; discussion of the overall project along with the public hearing regarding the assessments.  The project was ultimately delayed until the corridor study can be completed.

The Transportation Department is conducting a Wilson Street Corridor Study to help guide the scope of this construction project.