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Monthly Meeting on January 18 Revealed Harding Ave. Plans

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by EHNA Steering Committee President Mark Ruddy

The city’s Engineer Dave Solberg and Transportation Engineer Leah Ness presented their recommendations to improve conditions on Harding Avenue this summer to respond to safety concerns for pedestrians and bikers while also providing access to 3rd Ward residents to Harding Avenue. In March there will be a public hearing by the City Council to get reactions to the engineers’ final proposal, followed on the next day by a vote on it by the Council. Engineering staff encourages Neighbors to contact them with questions or input (715-839-4934; dave.solberg@eauclairewi.gov and leah.ness@eauclairewi.gov).

At the Steering Committee’s December meeting the Committee passed a resolution to provide a left turn arrow at the signal lights for east bound traffic on Harding to turn north on Margaret, while not encouraging cut-through and speeding traffic on Margaret. The resolution also favored closure of Lee Street onto Harding to make it safer at the school.

At the January meeting the Steering Committee passed a resolution to lower the speed limit on Harding Avenue to 30 mph, to be done asap.

City staff’s current concept is to narrow traffic lanes to 10.5’ width, with a 10’ width for a turning lane at Jefferson Street. The narrower widths should slow traffic and leave room for a 2’ space between traffic and the sidewalk that would be marked by a painted line to make the area safer for foot and bike traffic. Flashing lights for pedestrians would be placed at Jefferson. Other options were discussed such as warning lights further up the hill that would caution cars of the potential need to stop for pedestrians at the junction with Jefferson.

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