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Park/Garfield intersection construction delayed until week of July 11

RELEASED: July 1, 2011

EAU CLAIRE — City of Eau Claire staff have announced a delay in the start of construction by the city on and near the intersection of Park and Garfield avenues at the east entrance to the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire campus.

The project, initially expected to begin the week of June 27, now is expected to begin sometime the week of July 11. A two-day closure of the intersection will be required, and the dates of the closure will be announced as soon as the dates are known.

The first phase of the project will involve removing dirt boulevards and replacing them with colored, stamped concrete on Park Avenue between UW-Eau Claire's Hibbard Humanities Hall and Hibbard parking lot and on Garfield Avenue between Hibbard Hall and Brewer Hall. UW-Eau Claire will fund this portion of the project.

The second, city-funded portion of the project will include reconstructing the intersection of Garfield and Park avenues, replacing a light fixture currently at the intersection and installing an additional light fixture.

Some trees in the construction area also will be removed. Ash trees will be removed as part of the city's emerald ash borer management plan. Damaged and diseased maple trees also will be removed. Replacement trees will be planted by the city in October.

Haas Sons Inc. is the contractor on the project.

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