Road construction scheduled throughout Eau Claire this summer

By: Joe Nelson Email
By: Joe Nelson Email

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) - Spring is here, and that means the pothole are out, and road construction is right around the corner. While help is on the way, not everyone's happy about it.

People in Eau Claire could see construction projects throughout the city, with repaving scheduled for Brackett Avenue, Menomonie Street, and Starr Avenue.

Scott Ciulla said he wasn't very excited to hear he and his family will have to drive through road work several times each day when construction begins on Rudolph Road this summer.

“But as long as it's done quickly and not ‘Oh it's gonna take another two, three weeks,’” Ciulla said.

Eau Claire City engineer David Solberg said he's hoping to put new pavement, curbs and gutters in about a dozen areas throughout town.

“People understand that roads need to be fixed, utilities need to be fixed. They don't necessarily like the inconvenience, but they do like the product when it's done,” Solberg said.

One of the longest stretches that will likely be done is Starr Avenue, leading to the Chippewa Valley Regional Airport.

“Our biggest concern is always our customers trying to access the facilities, but anybody who has driven on Starr Avenue in the last couple of years knows how terrible it is and I think we'll be greatly appreciative when the construction actually does occur,” airport manager Charity Speich said.

Speich reminded travelers to arrive at least an hour early for flights, to avoid any delays, including potential detours.

Saint Marks Pastor Joel Naumann said he's hoping his congregation on Hamilton Avenue will make it to their Sunday services despite the roadwork coming this summer.

“Might not be able to go in the normal way every week but you know what blessings we receive here and we're happy to serve you with god's word here this summer with or without the road construction,” Naumann said.

Several of these projects are expected to begin after school lets out to cut down on traffic.

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