Garfield Avenue project to resume week of spring break

UW-Eau Claire students, faculty and staff departing for spring break March 19-23 will find work on the Garfield Avenue redevelopment project has resumed when they return to campus the following week.

The two-year project, which began in spring 2017, is scheduled for completion before the start of the fall 2018 semester. It involves the replacement of aging utilities along the campus Garfield corridor followed by surface changes to enhance the riverfront area.

Garfield Avenue project work during spring break will include:

  • Installation of sheet pilings and precast concrete panels to construct the Chippewa Lounge area along the riverbank. 
  • Beginning March 20, removal of trees along both sides of Garfield Avenue between Hibbard Hall and the Kjer Theater/Brewer Hall/Zorn Arena Complex. The trees must be removed in order to replace the underground utilities in that area.  
  • Installation of a handrail extension along the new sidewalk at the bottom of the campus hill.

During the rest of the spring semester, landscaping, including new tree planting, and final concrete and brick installation will begin at the west end of the project and progress toward the east.

Students, faculty and staff will be notified in advance of any rerouting of pedestrian pathways or utilities disruptions that could result from work on the Garfield Avenue project during the spring semester.

From May 21 through June 11, crews will replace the underground utilities from the area in front of the Ecumenical Religious Center and eastward to Park Avenue.

The campus footbridge is expected to close May 21. More details of the duration of the closure will be provided at a later date.

Updates on the Garfield Avenue redevelopment project, as well as other ongoing facilities projects, continue to be posted on UW-Eau Claire’s construction webpage, uwec.ly/future.