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Residents react to Brackett Avenue re-route


Eau Claire (WQOW) - Brackett Avenue is closed for construction. And when one road closes, another road picks up the slack. Bridget Curran spoke with residents along the detour today who have concerns about the added traffic.

Phase one has begun. And with Brackett Avenue traffic being re-routed onto residential streets, safety is weighing on resident's minds.

"It really gets to be dangerous to get across there especially in the wheel chair where Mark’s disabled, you can't jump out of the way or anything you have to just go when the light turns green and you have to be watching everybody," says Bette Emerson, a resident of Eau Claire.

"I did increase my life insurance last week in anticipation of this traffic," says Bette’s husband Mark Lingenfelter.

Mark was joking, but Jesse is not.

Jesse Emerson says, “The traffic has really increased here on Main Street. And a lot of people are going higher speeds than they usually do, I suppose, and yeah just a lot of combustion and congestion here on Main Street that I'm not used to seeing on a day to day basis."

The extra commotion makes it especially hard for those working third shifts.

"When I sleep during the day, I turn on a fan and wear ear plugs because it drowns everything out, but I'm sure with the detour it's going to be a lot louder," says Melissa Knuth, who lives on the detour route.

While adults worry about sound and safety, it's the kids they're mainly concerned for.

"I guess I'm just scared for the safety of the kids, you know with the traffic coming by, a lot of times they're riding their bikes and darting out into traffic. So I'd be a little afraid that someone is going to get hit," says Knuth.

This is just phase one of the 2.7 million dollar project. The second phase will include a part of Harding Avenue, up to Lee Street, which will be closed for the remainder of the project, which is scheduled to wrap up by November first.


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