City council to consider road improvement project on Tuesday

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) – A road improvement project partially funded by a public program hopes to get the green light on Tuesday.

Along with Highway 53, the South Hastings Way Frontage Road is hoping for an upgrade.

Between Gateway Drive and Pine Lodge Road, parts of the asphalt shrink to 28 feet wide.

Assistant city engineer Leah Ness says the proposed project hopes to expand it.

“It’s a 34 foot cross section facing each other from sidewalk to sidewalk, then we’ll have sidewalks on either side, if we can have a sidewalk on either side, depending on our right-of-way constraints. “said Ness.

The project faces some potential limitations due to things like the highway on one side and wetlands on the other.

The city must also take into account private land.

“We are expanding it and that may have impacts on properties along the way as well, so maybe we will need some buying for that property,” Ness said.

The price tag is just over a million dollars. The actual cost to the city will be less than that.

One reason: part of the road is in the city of Washington.

It also obtains funding through the Urban Surface Transportation Program (STP) of the Wisconsin Department of Transportation.

“These are very beneficial programs and often counties, towns, villages or towns cannot complete these projects without federal funding,” said Bill Zimmer, local program manager for the Northwest region for WisDOT. .

Zimmer said that thanks to the program, small communities can complete much-needed projects.

If the City Council approves the conclusion of a contract with the state, the project will enter the design phase.

The project is not expected to start until 2023.

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