The duration of the closure, though not specified on the map, is described a lasting from April to sometime in the fall (see Eau Claire Public Realm Plan website) and will allow for installation of separated bike and pedestrian pathways and other improvements. At this point, we have no information as to what the impact of “coordinated intermittent closures along pathway” will be.
Please note that, while the detour map also directs cyclists to share the sidewalk (specifically along 3rd Avenue?), this does not preclude travelling on-street through this area along the 3rd Avenue on-street bikeway.
While we understand that the detours present challenges, we look forward to an improved public realm in the near future.
To help in gauging the impact and effectiveness of the detours we encourage our members to provide their feedback via this forum and, if the restrictions are adversely affecting your travel, to also contact the City directly via 3-1-1 or through the area Councillor’s office (work is taking place in Ward 7, so email firstname.lastname@example.org and is adjacent to Ward 8, email@example.com).