New Haymarket Plaza pedestrian bridge opens, connecting downtown

Eau Claire (WQOW) — You can now take the long-awaited walk across the pedestrian bridge from Phoenix Park to the Haymarket Landing.

The ribbon was cut Friday morning, allowing people to walk across this new connector of downtown. The $1.4 million project took about a year to complete.

City officials told News 18 this project was important because they saw a need and were given strong support for a pedestrian bridge that would connect the newest project, the Confluence, to the one that started it all, Phoenix Park.

“Now it’s just a jewel down here, and to have another connection that’s a pedestrian center connection, so you can cross in the middle of a park setting, you can view the water, you can enjoy the downtown,” said Eau Claire’s City Engineer, David Solberg. “It’s just a wonderful addition.”

Solberg also said opening this bridge is a great way to start the wrap up on the rest of the Confluence projects, the Pablo Center and the Haymarket Plaza.

The Pablo Center will have its grand opening Saturday. Check back with News 18 to get a look inside.

 

Samantha Wensel

Samantha Wensel

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