South Winnequah Road Improvements

Project History and Overview

In 2018, in response to growing concerns regarding pedestrian and bicycle safety in general in Monona, as well as concerns in specific areas of the city, Mayor Mary O' Connor appointed an Ad Hoc Pedestrian and Bicycle Committee. The committee was asked to create a plan to develop safe, accessible corridors within Monona, taking into account several forms of transportation - pedestrian, bicycle, and vehicle. Working with Strand Engineers, the Committee sought public input and a final plan was accepted by the City Council in August 2019. You can read the Monona Pedestrian and Bicycle Improvement Plan here.  

Per the plan, Winnequah Road was identified most frequently as needing safety improvements with the portion from Schluter Road to Bridge Road being of particular concern. This section of Winnequah was completely rebuilt in 2006. Since then, the asphalt has deteriorated significantly and is in need of replacement. It has also been determined that the bump-outs added as part of the 2006 project have proven to be a ineffective. As such, the City is currently in the planning stages for improvements to the southern end of Winnequah Road, from Schluter Road to Bridge Road.  

Engineers prepared and presented preliminary designs for conceptual purposes only at a public information meeting on July 22, 2021.  You can view the presentation here.  Each residence along the affected portion of Winnequah received an invitation to the meeting via U.S. mail. At that time, the plan included removal of the bump-outs, installation of sidewalk along the east side, mill and overlay of the asphalt surface, new bike lane and pavement markings and minor storm water improvements at Graham Street. 

Based on feedback from that meeting, engineers then prepared conceptual designs for presentation to the City's Public Works Committee on Wednesday, Oct. 6. In addition to the improvements listed above, proposed improvement options also included speed humps and parking in-bays. Click here for a copy of the Oct 6th meeting agenda and three (3) design concepts.

October 18 UPDATE:  Design Concept #4 Added

Since the October 6 Public Works Meeting, Strand and the City's Public Works Department have designed one more option, OPTION 4, that includes moving the curb on the west side of the street 8' to the east and constructing a shared-use pathway (bicycle and pedestrian) behind the new curb line.  This option includes minimal tree removal and does not require casual bikers and pedestrians to cross the street at Bridge Road.  This option eliminates the bike lanes on the street.  Any bikers wanting to ride on the street would utilize the driving lane to do so.  

For more information on pedestrian and bicycle improvements please visit the Pedestrian and Bike Improvements page.

Photo of bike lane on south Winnequah Road

Upcoming Project Events

  • Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2021:  City Council capital budget discussion, to include discussion of funding for the project
  • Monday, Oct. 4, 2021: City Council preliminary review of 2022 Capital Budget, to include discussion of funding for the project
  • Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2021:  Conceptual design concepts to Public Works Committee. For a copy of the meeting agenda and the three (3) conceptual designs, please click here.
  • Thursday, Oct. 21, 2021:  Public information meeting at Monona Library, 6:00 pm in the Municipal Room
  • Thursday, Oct. 21, 2021:  Public Works Committee will meet in the Municipal Room at 7:00 pm or immediately following the Public Information Meeting, whichever is later.  The Committee is expected to make a recommendation to the City Council at this meeting.
  • Monday, Nov. 1, 2021:  City Council vote on the Capital Budget, to include funding for the project
  • January 2022:  Project Bidding
  • May-Sept. 2022:  Construction

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