John Nolen Drive Reconstruction Public Involvement Plan

Public engagement is a central element to the planning process. The public engagement strategy developed for this project is one that is comprehensive, inclusive, and engaging. It will provide opportunities for community stakeholders to provide input, learn about the project as it progresses, evaluate alternatives and be part of the design development.

The City of Madison will seek input on key issues, such as:

  • Existing concerns or issues that need to be addressed associated with the multiuse path, shoreline, and access and accessibility
  • Identified community needs and necessary modifications to increase overall functionality for all people and all modes of transportation
  • Shoreline modifications to mitigate runoff and address existing water recreation barriers
  • Streetscaping improvements, including street trees and traffic signals
  • Feasibility of additional passive recreation or social gathering areas along the causeway
  • Wayfinding improvements: directional guidance and location context/information
  • Storm sewer improvements

Which improvements should be prioritized? Please help us understand by providing input at

Public Engagement Process

The public involvement process will be organized in three phases:
Phase One: Existing Conditions
Phase Two: Develop Alternatives
Phase Three: Selection of Preferred Alternative
Phase Four: Final Design and Plan Development

Each phase will engage the public with the following tools:

Public Information Meetings

The project team will organize and facilitate five public meetings as part of the John Nolen Drive Reconstruction project, between 2021 and 2024 (approximately one per year).

  • Public Information Meeting No. 1 – Existing Conditions (Project Kickoff)
  • Public Information Meeting No. 2 – Preliminary Design Concepts and Alternatives
    • Spring 2022
    • Introduce preliminary design concepts and alternatives, as well as continue to build broad community awareness about the project. Input received at the meeting will help the project team anticipate challenges and potential solutions, as well as inform refinements to preliminary design concepts.
  • Public Information Meeting No. 3 – Design Concepts and Preferred Alternatives Presentation
    • Early 2023
    • Presentation of developed preferred alternatives. Input received at the meeting will help inform final design concepts.
  • Public Information Meeting No. 4 – Draft Final Design Concepts
    • Late 2023/Early 2024
    • Present and discuss designs for John Nolen Drive, including a walk-through of the draft final design.
  • Public Information Meeting No. 5 – Final Design Open House
    • Late 2024/Early 2025
    • Present the final project designs and share information about the upcoming construction schedule, anticipated impacts, and identified alternate routes. The meeting will include an open house, allowing meeting participants to view plans in a gallery format and speak to project team members.

Small Work Groups

The project team will facilitate a number of small group meetings with a variety of community members, businesses, and civic leaders representing a diversity of constituencies including BIPOC, lower-income, people living with disabilities, and others who are often underrepresented in planning processes. Meetings will be coordinated and conducted through collaboration with grassroots networks and input will be analyzed with an equity lens.

If you are a part of an organization that would like to coordinate a small group meeting, please contact the project team at:

Community Surveys

The survey will be used to inform and engage project stakeholders, gather community questions and concerns, and gauge community views on specific project elements. Check back to this webpage for surveys as they're posted, or subscribe to the email list to learn when they're available.

Tabling at Events & Intercept interviews

This encompasses “meeting people where they are” by setting up a table at prominent l community events and/or walking along the project area in order to gather input in a safe, fun way.

Questions? Comments? Please send an email to: