Two way traffic plan on schedule for Downtown Eau Claire

By: WEAU 13 News Staff Email
By: WEAU 13 News Staff Email


Beginning at 6:00 a.m. on Thursday, September 20th, traffic will be changed from one-way to two-way on S. Barstow Street and Graham Avenue between Eau Claire Street and Washington Street.

The section of Eau Claire Street between Graham Avenue and S. Barstow Street will also be converted to two-way traffic.

Drivers should pay particular attention to the operational changes at the signals on Lake Street, the four-way stop sign at the intersection of S. Barstow Street and Eau Claire Street instead of a traffic signal, and the intersections along Washington Street at S. Barstow Street and Graham Avenue.

Motorists are encouraged to observe the new pavement markings showing the road centerline dividing the two-way traffic lanes and to use caution as drivers become familiar with the
transition to two-way traffic.

New loading zones have been designated that will be active between the hours of 6:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. After 11:00 a.m., the loading zones will convert back to normal two-hour parking
areas open to the general public.

For further information about this news release, please contact the City of Eau Claire, Department of Public Works at 715-839-4934.

Eau Claire, Wis. (WEAU) - Rain showers moved out early enough on Monday to not delay the opening of two-way traffic on S. Barstow Street and Graham Avenue.

Eau Claire Traffic Engineer Ross Sptiz says the rain moved out early enough where crews will be able to complete the lane markings by the end of Monday. There was fear earlier in the day they would have to postpone the lane markings. That could have been a scheduling mess due since crew were only scheduled for Monday and would have to leave the area for other jobs in the state on Tuesday.

More work will continue. He says crews will continue the next couple of days adjusting signs on both roads from Eau Claire Street to Washington. The good news means that the launch of two-way traffic should go on as scheduled on Thursday, September 20th.


Eau Claire, Wis. (WEAU) - Rain showers on Monday threatened to delay opening of two-way traffic on some downtown Eau Claire streets later in the week.

The city of Eau Claire is planning to turn S. Barstow Street and Graham Avenue into two-way streets.

Monday, Eau Claire Traffic Engineer Ross Spitz told that despite Monday's rain, he's hoping for an on-time launch of two-way traffic.

That is supposed to happen Thursday, September 20th..

Spitz says he'll have a better grasp sometime Tuesday on if the weather will push back the time line.

Lane markings were supposed to happen Monday.

That's now being pushed back to Tuesday.

Stay with and WEAU 13 News for the latest on this developing story

(PRESS RELEASE) -- Work Schedule For Two-Way Traffic Conversion

Week of September 17th

‐ Barrel off/close “left” northbound Barstow Street Lane (see attached photo, add parking with arrow and lane closed signage)

‐ Barrel off/close “left” southbound Graham Ave Lane (same as above)

‐ Add new loading zone signage (bag/cover as necessary)

‐ Rotate parking signs

‐ Pavement marking modifications

o Remove existing markings as necessary

o Paint double yellow centerline on Barstow and Graham (from Eau Claire to Washington)

o Add turning movement arrows at intersections on Lake, Barstow and Graham.

o Modify pavement marking on Washington Ave to accommodate eastbound left turn movement.

‐ Run programmable message boards notifying drivers of upcoming conversion.

Night of Conversion (possibly Wednesday September 19th)

‐ Turn off and remove traffic signal indications at Barstow/Eau Claire and install 4‐way stop.

‐ Install stop sign for “new” sound bound traffic at Main/Barstow

‐ Remove bags/covers on updated traffic signals at Lake/Barstow & Lake/Graham

‐ Remove all existing one‐way & wrong way signage

‐ Modify programmable message boards notifying drivers of the change

‐ Uncover new loading zones (add flags to sign posts)

‐ Add temporary “reminder” 2‐way signage (leave up for a minimum of 30 days)

o Barstow St and Graham Ave 2‐way traffic signs on all side streets (Eau Claire to Washington Ave)

o Two-way traffic signs along centerline of Barstow & Graham near intersection

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