E Madison St Intersection Improvements

Last updated: April 9, 2018

What's happening now?

As of this writing, construction crews are wrapping up work on the first of the four phases of this project. As shown in the photo, the bulbing out the corner at E Madison & E Garfield streets includes new sidewalks.

Construction progress

Both E Garfield St and McGilvra Blvd E south of Wells Fargo Bank, have been closed to traffic in order to replace some street panels, but have now been reopened.

The second phase of construction is on the north side of E Madison St, with work on the northwest corner of E Madison & E Garfield streets, including the construction of a new bidirectional curb ramp along with new sidewalk segments on both Madison and Garfield of 15-20 feet from the corner.

Project map illustration

This phase also involves work at McGilvra Blvd E on the north side of Madison (west of Starbucks). Crews will be bulbing out the northeast corner. (In a later phase, they will be bulbing out the northwest corner of McGilvra.) Some road panels will be replaced, requiring the intermittent closure of McGilvra Blvd E at E Madison St. That closure was to begin Monday, April 9.

It will take approximately two weeks to complete the second phase of construction.

Project Overview

Community members in Madison Park have long been concerned that many drivers speed on E Madison St as they approach the neighborhood commercial district. They note that some drivers also fail to make complete stops at stop signs in the same area, the combination of which they fear endangers those walking across E Madison or across McGilvra Boulevard E or E Garfield St at E Madison.

Following a major bicyclist/pedestrian injury collision 3-4 years ago, some members of the community approached SDOT for help in addressing these safety concerns. What was initially a Neighborhood Parks and Street Fund grant application to make improvements to the crosswalk across E Madison at McGilvra Blvd E (where the collision occurred) has since morphed into a larger project that will bring traffic calming curb bulbs to these intersections.

Curb bulbs narrow the street width, helping to slow vehicle traffic, as well as shorten crossing distances for people walking. Pedestrians preparing to cross the street are more visible to motorists, just as those vehicles are more visible to the pedestrian.

As the rendering here shows, the work will include the construction of new Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant curb ramps, as well as 4 new bike ramps. These changes will result in the loss of six on-street parking spots. Unfortunately, the work will also result in the removal of one mature deciduous tree on the west side of E Madison on the north side of E Garfield. However, this tree will in turn be replaced with a new conifer on the west side of E Madison at McGilvra Blvd E.

Project map
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Design has been completed, but it is likely that construction will not take place until the winter of 2018.


Estimated construction cost: $490,000

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