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New Harding Ave. plans include speed limit change

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Eau Claire (WQOW) -- Eau Claire city officials have released the latest plans for the Harding Avenue Hill project.

City engineers told News 18 that they want to narrow traffic lanes in hopes of leaving more room for cyclists and foot traffic along the side of the road. They're also seriously considering closing Lee Street to make it safer around Flynn Elementary School. 

But one of the biggest changes they're looking into is dropping the speed limit on Harding Avenue from 35 to 30 miles per hour. Officials said that way it would be consistent with the speed limits at the top and bottom of the hill. 

Neighborhood leaders in the area told News 18 they'd like to see a lower speed limit on Harding Avenue as soon as possible. 

"35 miles per hour speed limit, but many cars are exceeding that," said Mark Ruddy, the EHNA Steering Committee President. "For every 10 miles per hour speed, you get many more fatalities. You go from 30 MPH to 40, it's twice as many fatalities if someone is struck by a vehicle. So speed is very much of an issue here." 

There's still more work to be done before these plans are set in stone, and city officials want your input. The Eau Claire City Council will host a public hearing  March 26, and will vote on the matter the next day. 

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