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Metered parking, other parking changes to be in effect for 2012-13 academic year at UW-Eau Claire

August 15, 2012

EAU CLAIRE — Due to ongoing work associated with the completion of the new W.R. Davies Student Center and construction of the Education Building, parking changes will be in effect at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire during the 2012-13 academic year. (See a map showing campus parking configurations to be in effect starting in late August.)

Metered parking changes

The biggest changes will be the relocation and temporary reduction of metered parking spaces on campus.

In accordance with previously announced plans, the temporary Zorn parking lot, constructed to offset the loss of metered parking during construction of the new Davies Center, was removed to make way for the Education Building. Sixty of those metered spaces will be permanently relocated to the new HFA (Haas Fine Arts) parking lot directly west of the Haas Fine Arts Center on Water Street, which is expected to be completed by late August. Thirteen additional 20-minute metered spaces will be available in the Phillips lot behind the new Davies Center sometime in October or November.

In addition, the Schneider metered parking lot has been closed for the duration of the Education Building construction. The result is a temporary loss of 39 metered parking spaces available on lower campus.

Individuals who have relied on metered parking spaces on lower campus in the past are encouraged to use the new metered spaces in the HFA lot or to purchase parking permits for other university lots. Additional options include the following:

  • An economy parking lot is available on MacArthur Avenue, adjacent to the Bollinger athletic fields, at a reduced price. The lot is a stop on Eau Claire Transit's No. 9 bus route.
  • Use of the Eau Claire Transit system is free for students, faculty and staff with a Blugold Card.
  • A new carpool program, Zimride, matches drivers and riders by mapped locations.
  • Bicycling or walking to and from campus is strongly encouraged.

Parking lot construction updates

The reconstruction of the former Haas Fine Arts parking lot is expected to be completed by late August. The reconstruction will provide 17 more spaces than it did previously, for a total of 278 spaces. The lot will reopen as the HSS (Human Sciences and Services) lot and be designated for faculty and staff (F permit) parking. The number of student (S permit) parking spaces in the Water Street lot will then be restored to the number from before the HFA lot reconstruction, with one row of F permit parking remaining on the lot's south side along Water Street.

A late August completion also is expected for the reconstruction of the former turnaround area directly west of the Haas Fine Arts Center into a metered parking area. The new metered area will be called the HFA (Haas Fine Arts) parking lot. (See more details in the metered parking information above.)

The west end of the new Phillips parking lot south of the new Davies Center is now open, increasing the available parking stalls to faculty and students in that lot. Stalls are designated for F, S and G (guaranteed faculty and staff) permits. During the remainder of the new Davies Center construction, the first two rows of parking directly south of Phillips Hall on the east end of the lot will not be available. The traffic lane between these two rows also will be unavailable until construction is completed.

Disabled parking

To accommodate the temporary loss of disabled parking in the Schneider lot, additional disabled parking stalls have been added along Garfield Avenue in front of Katharine Thomas Hall and in the Hibbard and Phillips lots. Disabled parking stalls also are available in the small lot to the east of the new Davies Center (between the Davies Center and Phillips Hall) and at both ends of the southernmost row in the Phillips lot.

In addition, the 15-minute parking spaces along Roosevelt Avenue on the south side of Schneider Hall will be converted to disabled parking spaces. This will create four spaces in close proximity to Schneider Hall.

Moped/motorcycle parking and bicycle racks

To replace the temporary loss of motorcycle parking spaces in the Schneider lot, additional motorcycle stalls will be available at the east end of the Phillips lot. Lower-campus motorcycle parking also is available in the Putnam lot and the metered lot directly north of Hibbard Hall. Moped stalls on lower campus will be available near Phillips, Hibbard, Schofield and Putnam halls and near the Haas Fine Arts Center on Water Street (See a campus map for specific motorcycle and moped parking areas.)

To replace permanent bicycle racks removed for construction of the Education Building, temporary racks will be placed on the south side of Schneider Hall. Bicyclists also are encouraged to use other available parking locations, including below McIntyre Library and north of Schofield Hall.

Construction parking tips

UW-Eau Claire's Parking and Transportation office suggests the following to students, faculty and staff who drive to campus:

  • Plan ahead and allow extra time when arriving to campus.
  • Expect delays due to construction traffic (including slow-moving vehicles carrying large loads in university lots and roadways).
  • Use extreme caution when driving in lots near construction zones. Slow down and be alert.
  • Observe all road and construction-related signs.

More information

More information about parking and transportation options is available on the Parking and Transportation website.

Students, faculty or staff who have questions regarding parking and transportation at UW-Eau Claire should send email to or call 715-836-2002.



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