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Parking restrictions, tree removal planned as part of steam line project

RELEASED: Aug. 26, 2010

EAU CLAIRE — Temporary parking restrictions and the removal of a corridor of trees in Putnam Park are planned as work continues on the construction of a new steam line on the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire's lower campus. The dates for the upcoming project phases are contingent upon favorable weather conditions.

The center section of the university's Phillips parking lot, as well as the drive leading from the parking lot on the west side of Phillips Science Hall, will close for repaving from midday Aug. 27 through Aug. 29. Repaving is necessary because of earlier excavation in those areas to install a concrete chase and pipe for a new steam and condensate line.

Parking still will be permitted in the east and west ends of Phillips parking lot during that time. The west end will be accessible only via the service road that runs from Putnam Drive near the Nursing Building.

The newly paved parking lot and drive will reopen Aug. 30.

Beginning Sept. 2, crews will begin the removal of trees along an approximately 30-foot-wide corridor through Putnam Park from a point north of the McPhee Physical Education Center parking lot on upper campus to just southeast of the Nursing Building on lower campus. The tree removal is expected to be completed Sept. 7.

The stairway south of the Phillips lot linking upper and lower campus remains open, and Putnam Drive to the east of the stairway remains open to pedestrians and bicycle traffic but closed to vehicular traffic.

The new steam line will provide steam to the new university student center, expected to begin in 2011, and provide redundancy for the university's current steam distribution system, which was constructed in the 1960s.

The steam line project has an anticipated completion date of Oct. 15.

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