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River Bank Project
Moves Forward

 MAILED:  July 9, 2004

EAU CLAIRE - The campus hill connecting lower and upper campus at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire will be closed starting the week of July 12 to minimize traffic on Garfield Avenue during the Chippewa River bank stabilization construction project, said Terry Classen, director of facilities planning and management.

Portions of one lane of Garfield Avenue on lower campus and the Putnam parking lot at the base of the campus hill also will be closed to vehicular traffic for approximately five weeks, Classen said.

"We know it will be difficult for some people to get around parts of lower campus for a period of time but we have no choice," Classen said. "We must limit traffic as the river bank project continues."

In January, trees and other vegetation were cleared from the project site, which includes 1,200 feet of riverbank along Garfield Avenue from the pedestrian bridge to the Putnam parking lot. Removing the vegetation in the winter strengthened the riverbank in preparation for the next phase of the project.

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 failure of the bank under certain conditions, said Andrew Soll, vice chancellor for business and student services.

The project, which was designed to have minimal intrusion into the river and minimal impact on flood levels, includes the removal of concrete rubble and existing vegetation, installation of concrete cassions to stabilize the bank, grading in excess of 10,000 square feet, placing rock riprap on the bank of the river, and re-planting the new river bank with 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: July 9, 2004