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Work to Begin Monday at Chippewa River
Bank Stabilization Project Site

 MAILED:  Jan. 16, 2004

EAU CLAIRE — Work will begin on Monday at the site of the Chippewa River bank stabilization project on the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire campus.

Trees and other vegetation will be cleared from the project site, which includes 1,200 feet of riverbank along Garfield Avenue from the pedestrian bridge to the Putnam Park parking lot.

The area will be cleared before students return to campus for the start of spring semester classes Monday, Jan. 26, said Andrew Soll, vice chancellor of business and student services.

The campus hill will be closed to vehicular traffic throughout the week of Jan. 26, and parking will be limited on Garfield Avenue in front of Putnam and Thomas residence halls and in the Putnam Park parking lot at the base of the campus hill.

Removing the vegetation now should strengthen the riverbank until the next phase of the project can begin after commencement in the spring, Soll said.

In August, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources granted UW-Eau Claire a permit to stabilize a portion of the riverbank that runs through campus. The project is necessary because of a history of riverbank erosion, and concerns about public safety and damage to the university’s infrastructure along the river that could result from a potential collapse of the bank under certain conditions, Soll said.

The $1 million project, which was designed to have minimal intrusion into the river and minimal impact on flood levels, will include removal of existing concrete rubble and vegetation, installation of geopiers to stabilize the bank, grading in excess of 10,000 square feet, placing rock riprap on the bank of the river, and planting non-invasive native vegetation.

Ayres Associates of Eau Claire is the project’s design engineering firm and Steffes Construction of Eden is the contractor. The project will be managed and supervised by the Wisconsin Department of Administration-Division of State Facilities.


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Updated: January 16, 2004