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City of Eau Claire hearing complaints about downtown loading zones


Eau Claire (WQOW) - One issue keeps popping up four months after a traffic switch in downtown Eau Claire.

The City of Eau Claire says there have been complaints about loading zones after Barstow Street and Graham Avenue went to two-way traffic. Some business owners say trucks that arrive after the loading zone hours still block traffic.

"There are a couple of loading zones I've seen be used, but I would say there's also some loading zones that since the time they put them in, I've never once seen a delivery vehicle in the zone. I think that really we should just do away with the loading zones on Barstow Street altogether, and just encourage parking on the side streets," said Chris Solberg, who owns One Source Imaging on South Barstow.

Eau Claire police say they've given around 450 tickets for illegal parking in loading zones since the switch was made. A new parking committee met for the first time Thursday night to talk about some of these issues. That committee could end up making suggestions to the city council.

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