After bids to reconstruct Monroe Street came in far over estimates, Madison may tap city utility budgets and scale back parts of the long-planned project, even as costs are expected to rise from $17.7 million to $22.4 million.

The project, slated to start in March and end by November, involves replacing decades-old utility lines, improving pedestrian safety and repaving cracked and crumbled blacktop along the busy Near West Side street.

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