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Plans to tear up major downtown street drive ahead

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Eau Claire (WQOW) - Plans to tear up a major downtown street this summer are driving ahead.

Eau Claire has been planning to replace South Barstow Street from Lake Street to the Eau Claire River.  The total cost for the project, which includes replacing pavement, curb and sidewalk, is estimated around $2 million.  Businesses will pay around $625,000 of the cost through special assessments.  The rest will be picked up by the city and utilities.  The city also plans to offer incentives for finishing the project ahead of schedule, and be charged for being done late.

The city will be holding a public hearing February 11th and could vote to approve the project the next day. The public works director says the city hopes to hire someone for the job in April.  Reconstruction could start around Memorial Day, with completion by the middle of August.

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