Upper Madison Sidewalk Improvements Phase 1

Phase 1 - Madison Avenue (West Lawrence to North Allen Street)

Upper Madison Rendering

Project Documents

What does this project involve?

This project involves the reconstruction of the sidewalks and maintenance strip along the south side of Madison Avenue from South Allen Street to West Lawrence Street.  The existing sidewalk will be removed and replaced.  The bricks in the maintenance strip will be removed and replaced with stamped concrete.  The existing trees are overgrown, so they will all be removed and new trees will be planted which will be more suitable to accommodate café space for outdoor dining. Overall, the reconstruction will include new ADA compliant concrete sidewalks, ramps and streetscape amenities.  

 The contractor performing the work is Peter Luizzi Brothers Contractors.  The contractor will begin work in early May 2022.  The project will be completed in the late spring of 2022.

Will pedestrians, bicyclists & vehicles be allowed through the work areas?

Yes.  It is very important that all types of traffic are allowed to safely go through the work areas at all times. This includes police, fire, and other emergency services, vehicles, bus service, delivery services, bicyclists, and pedestrians.  As with any type of construction project, there will be inconveniences to the public, but the project was designed to help keep these inconveniences to a minimum.  At no time will any business be required to close or any building access restricted as a result of the construction.  Parking lane restrictions will be necessary, but the contract specifically limits the amount of on-street parking that can be closed at any one time.  It will also be necessary to close sidewalks during some construction operations, but the project will be phased to close one section at a time and signed pedestrian walkways will be in place to safely direct people around the work site. 

Project Schedule 

The work is currently scheduled to begin in the beginning of May.  To limit inconveniences, the project has been segmented into two (2) work areas.  The first area of construction will begin at South Allen Street and progress to the west side of the parking lot next to Trustco Bank.  The second area of construction will be start at the parking lot and terminate at West Lawrence Street.  This will minimize the disruption that businesses will incur during the sidewalk removal/replacement in each area.  This information will be shared with the business owners in advance to the start of construction.  Each segment will be cordoned off during construction and temporary pedestrian and business access will be maintained.  Upon restoration of all pedestrian facilities, the contractor shall move on and begin the second section of the project.

When will the Contractor be working?

 Typical work hours/days for the contractor and utility companies are:

  • Monday thru Friday between 7:00 am and 5:00 pm.

Weekend and nighttime work is not anticipated.  It will only be allowed for special circumstances, and only when approved by the City.

Who should you contact if you have any questions or comments?

If you have any questions or comments regarding this project please contact the Department of General Services at:

Department of General Services
Division of Engineering
1 Richard Conners Boulevard
Albany, New York 12204
Attn: Mr. Bill Lecuyer P.E.
Senior Project Manager

Phone:    (518) 434-5490
Fax:          (518) 434-5696
E-mail:    Email Bill

For After Hour Emergencies Please Call:

Albany Police Department
Emergency:  911
Non-Emergency:  (518) 438-4000