EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (RELEASE) -- It won't be complete until 2016, but a new bridge on Water Street will better accommodate bicyclists and pedestrians. The Wisconsin Department of Transportation is designing preliminary plans and getting input from community members.
The bridge was built in 1947 and many maintenance projects have been done over the years, DOT engineers said. They said however, the bridge is nearing the end of its useful service life. The bridge will be closed during construction. A detour route using the Lake Street Bridge is anticipated.
The existing bridge has raised sidewalks that are used for both pedestrians and bicyclists. Engineers are looking into options that include sidewalks for pedestrians, with on-street bicycle lanes.
The DOT will have finals design plans ready in the winter of 2014. Construction is anticipated to begin in the fall of 2015 and take two construction seasons to complete.
The second public information meeting was held last Wednesday at the Haas Fine Arts Building at UW-Eau Claire.
The DOT will host another public open house this winter. Community members can sign up for project updates, as well as give input on the project, through the DOT website, www.dot.wisconsin.gov.