Public comments on State Street Hill makeover at Eau Claire City Council hearing

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Eau Claire (WQOW) – Residents of the Putnam Heights and 3rd Ward neighborhoods may soon have a tough time getting downtown. That’s because of a $2.5 million proposal that would put State Street Hill under construction for roughly six months.

Monday, people weighed at the Eau Claire City Council public hearing. The changes include roundabouts at the Hamilton, Lexington, West MacArthur and Roosevelt intersections along State Street. It also upgrades water and sewer lines and widens the sidewalks and street itself.

While the city feel it would keep traffic moving, residents have mixed feelings about adding more roundabouts.

I am so excited about this plan because I think it has the potential to improve the conditions for bikers and pedestrians and vehicles, and I am in support of almost the entirety of the plan,” said Katie Wilson, a resident of the Putnam Heights neighborhood.

“On the other hand, it’s a proven fact that roundabouts increase the number of collisions. They are confusing,” said Mary Jo Cohen, a 3rd Ward neighborhood resident.

City officials believe the roundabouts will actually increase pedestrian safety.

The city is also proposing construction along Forest Street, from Huyssen Street to Madison Street. The $1.5 million project would widen the roadway and sidewalks and add a new layer of asphalt.

The city council will vote on both on these measures Tuesday.

Justin Esterly

Justin Esterly

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