Monroe Street reconstruction

Construction equipment stages on Monroe Street in February as the reconstruction of the Near West Side roadway is expected to last through November.

A major reconstruction of Monroe Street will cause the Near West Side roadway to drop down to one lane starting Monday morning until the $22.4 million project is expected to be finished in November.

At 7 a.m. Monday, Monroe Street will have only one lane for traffic heading eastbound, toward Camp Randall Stadium and Downtown. No lanes going westbound, toward the Beltline, will be open for commuters until late fall.

The reduced traffic configuration will affect the entire stretch of Monroe Street from where it meets Regent Street toward its split with Nakoma and Odana roads.

Other surrounding road closures beginning Monday morning include:

  • The southbound lane of South Breese Terrace between Regent and Monroe streets until November.
  • Oakland Avenue at Monroe Street for about two months. The block of Oakland Avenue between Monroe and Madison streets will also be closed to thru traffic during that time.
  • Knickerbocker Street at Monroe Street for about three weeks. No through traffic is allowed from Monroe Street to Knickerbocker Street and vice versa.

Also, the northbound lane of South Breese Terrace between Regent and Monroe streets will be closed starting March 19 until November.

Crazylegs Lanes was permanently closed Wednesday as the space surrounding the small roadway is going to be converted into a public plaza.

In addition, Metro Transit is adjusting some bus stop locations and detouring routes while the project is underway.

Eastbound Metro Transit routes will remain on Monroe Street with temporary bus stops at Glenway Street, Commonwealth Avenue, Arbor Drive, Leonard Street, Grant Street and Regent Street.

Westbound routes 3, 7, 19 and 58 will be detoured beginning Monday onto Speedway Road, Toepfer Avenue and Tokay Boulevard.


Logan Wroge has been a general assignment reporter for the Wisconsin State Journal since 2015.