Warmer weather means construction starts on Capitol Square

Warmer weather means construction starts on Capitol Square

Warmer weather means it’s construction season, and anyone who’s been downtown knows what that looks like.

Last year, crews worked on the north and east parts of the Capitol Square. Now they’re on the south and west sides, focusing on South Carroll, South Pinckney and East and West Main streets.

The construction began in February and will last through the middle of the summer. Crews are redoing piping and the water main in addition to a number of other things.

“We are doing all brand-new concrete pavement, new curb and gutter all the way through, sidewalk replacement,” Jim Wolfe, an engineer for the city of Madison, said. “MG&E is out there installing new gas main and new electrical. AT&T is also doing some work.”

The Capitol Square project is just one of about 20 projects the city has planned. Others include work on Langdon, Lake and Basset streets.

“We’re installing some off-street bike accommodations on Basset Street to let bikes go both ways, and a new traffic signal at Gorham Street as well,” Wolfe said.

Wolfe said he knows the construction is probably not one of your favorite things about Madison in the summer, but it will be worth it in the end.

“It’s going to look good, and it’s going to be really useful for people again,” he said.

Capitol Square construction should be done by June or July. All of the projects will wrap up by October.