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University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
News Bureau • Schofield Hall 201Eau Claire, WI 54702
phone: (715) 836-4741
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Putnam Park Drive to Close
For Water Main Project
MAILED: Oct. 19, 2001

         EAU CLAIRE — Putnam Park Drive will temporarily be closed to vehicular traffic beginning Monday, Oct. 22, as the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire’s long-planned water main project gets under way.
         The road will be closed until the construction project — which is needed to ensure fire safety on campus — is completed in late November or early December.
         “Several years ago, the Eau Claire Fire Department notified UW-Eau Claire officials that there was not enough water flow and pressure on lower campus to fight fires, particularly near the Phillips Science building,” said Andrew Soll, vice chancellor for business and student services. “That problem can be solved by installing an extra connection to the lower campus distribution system from the city water distribution system.”
         The project will be confined to the roadway in Putnam Park Drive, so there will be minimal impact on trees and other vegetation, Soll said, adding that the Putnam Park Commission — a group that includes representatives from UW-Eau Claire, the Eau Claire City Council and the community at large — carefully reviewed the project throughout its development.
         University and city officials reviewed a number of options for making the connection but determined none was as efficient as installing the water main along Putnam Park Drive, Soll said, noting that alternate routes would have involved developed streets and properties.
         The $196,370 construction project includes installing about 1,200 lineal feet of 12-inch water main from State Street to the UW-Eau Claire water distribution system near the School of Nursing Building on lower campus. A-1 Excavating of Bloomer is the project contractor.

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Updated: Oct. 19, 2001