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Construction is planned for 2019 construction season.

Open House Scheduled for Thursday, December 13th at 4:00pm

The City has planned another Open House on Thursday, December 13, 2018, from 4:00pm - 6:00pm at UWEC Davies Center: December 13th Open House Invitation (pdf)

Staff will be on hand in the Ojibwe Ballroom on the 3rd floor to answer questions about the proposed project and will have a draft design based on project feedback.

UWEC Davies Center is located at 77 Roosevelt Avenue.

Future Presentation Dates

A draft design of the 2019 State Street Project will be shown at the following meetings:

Wednesday, December 12th at 7pm

Third Ward Neighborhood Association Meeting
Location = UWEC Centennial Hall, Room 1804

 

Thursday, December 13th at 10am

UWEC Bicycle/Pedestrian Advisory Committee
Location = UWEC Old Library, Room 1128

 

Thursday, December 13th at 4:00pm

Open House
Location = UWEC Davies Center, Ojibwe Ballroom

 

Tuesday, December 18th at 6pm (abbreviated update will be given)

City of Eau Claire Bicycle/Pedestrian Advisory Committee
Location = LE Phillips Memorial Public Library, Chippewa Room

State Street Walk Audit Information

State Street Walk Audits were scheduled and hosted by the City of Eau Claire on Thursday, October 18th from 7:00am-9:00am and on Wednesday, October 24th from 3:30pm-5:30pm. Each audit had two locations: UW-Eau Claire, Old Library Room 1128 (105 Garfield Street) & Fire Station No. 5 (2500 Patton Street).

Can I do a Walk Audit on my own time?

Yes. Using the State Street Walk Audit Checklist as your guide feel free to walk a route on your own. Then, simply email a copy of your completed checklist or write your comments to leah.ness@eauclairewi.gov. We value your feedback!

Who can I contact if I have questions about the audits?

Contact Leah Ness, City Transportation Engineer in Engineering at 715-839-4934 or email leah.ness@eauclairewi.gov.

What's the schedule?

Engineering staff is compiling data from the scheduled walk audits and will continue collecting any other data received. The results will be presented at future Neighborhood Association and Open House meetings in November 2018. 

Why did the audits occur?

The audits were conducted to allow residents the opportunity to provide input, observations and a vision of the corridor and will also improve safety and walkability for all users.

What will the audits be used for?

Information collected will be used to further the design of State Street by:

  • Documenting the usability of State Street & identifying walking barriers and benefits along the street.
  • Bringing community members of all walks together to discuss issues and brainstorm.
  • Identifying any improvements to address in the State Street future project.
  • Capturing conditions before and after a street renovation to assess the effect of improvements.

What did the audits involve?

The group broke into teams following a short project overview. Each team visited nearby intersections and sidewalks to evaluate travel behavior, safety & comfort along State Street by asking questions, such as:

  • Can pedestrians safely and easily walk on sidewalks?
  • Do pedestrians have enough time to cross the street at this intersection?
  • What would make this space more appealing to visit?
  • Do I feel comfortable or safe walking this corridor in the evening as currently lit?

The walking audit groups ranged in distances covered from 0.5 to 1.5 miles. Group 1 focused on intersections within the neighborhood and Group 2 viewed an intersection in the neighborhood and then walked the hill section of the project. Groups then reconvened following the audits to discuss their observations and findings.

Walk Audits: What are they?

Walk audits are great tools in creating communities where residents can participate in making their vision of healthy, safe & walkable streets real. In a walk audit, community members go for a walk together, noting what makes their streets feel comfortable for walking and what’s missing.

Walk audits can vary in length and can be conducted by neighborhood associations, City staff, or other groups. Most often they are conducted in groups using checklists. The groups assess street infrastructure and conditions, documenting barriers, positive features, activities and perceptions of the walking environment.

Why have a walk audit?

A walkable community is a healthy, thriving place in which people of all ages and abilities can get where they need and want to go. Conducting a walk audit can be the start to having a positive change in our community and can lead to a more safe, accessible, and comfortable walking environment.