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Eau Claire officials seek feedback on State Street project plans


Eau Claire (WQOW) – Eau Claire’s latest plan to keep wheels moving on a busy thoroughfare does not have all citizens coming full circle.

As we’ve reported, the city is considering adding roundabouts at four intersections on State Street. Those intersections include Roosevelt Avenue near UW-Eau Claire, East Lexington Boulevard, MacArthur Avenue and Hamilton Avenue. Thursday night, an open house was held to get input on the plan. City Engineer David Solberg said the roundabouts would improve traffic flow and pedestrian safety at the busy intersections.

But not everyone agrees.

“If you get caught trying to turn left at the Lexington and State intersection twice at four in the afternoon, it’s on you,” said Bob Carr, a concerned Eau Claire resident. “The first time, that’s an accidental thing. Somebody new to the neighborhood. But if that’s your choice of travel, it doesn’t carry as much weight. Those of us that have lived up there, you pick an alternative route.”

Attendees got a sneak peek at the designs. Solberg said the work would cost about $2M. Depending on what plan is chosen, the plans will be submitted to the city council next month.

For more information on the presentations from the open house, see here.

Eau Claire (WQOW) – Tonight from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. members of the public are encouraged to voice their opinions on a project that includes placing roundabouts at intersections of State Street.

Related Story: Eau Claire officials consider adding 4 roundabouts on State Street

The open house will take place at Davies Center (77 Rossevelt Ave., Ojibwe Ballroom A&B).

Stay with News 18 for the latest on this open house.

Shannon Hoyt

Shannon Hoyt started out as an intern in August 2017, moving to a full-time multi-media journalist and weekend anchor before becoming Daybreak anchor and now our 6 and 10 p.m. co-anchor.

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