Birch Street & Hastings Way (BUS 53) Reconstruction

Eau Claire, Wisconsin

Increasing traffic congestion, physical deficiencies in the roadway, and a jurisdictional transfer of ownership prompted WisDOT and the City of Eau Claire to evaluate potential alternatives for Hastings Way (existing BUS 53) and the Birch Street intersection. 

Initially involved in the Hastings Way corridor evaluation study, SRF provided concept alternatives for the supporting the local street network. Based on input from agencies and the public, a tight urban diamond interchange concept and an at-grade intersection concept underwent more detailed analysis with regard to cost, traffic operations and constructability/staging. Two concepts were presented at a public open house and to the City Council. The at-grade intersection concept was then chosen as the preferred alternative. SRF incorporated aesthetic design elements to embrace the vision to develop the corridor into a neighborhood-friendly parkway.

SRF continued working on the project by preparing a final PS&E package. The final plan elements included trails/pedestrian facilities, roadway lighting, landscape architecture for plantings and raised islands within the median, four interconnected traffic signals, storm sewer design, retaining walls with railings and aesthetic treatments. A Design Study Report was prepared for the project as well as a Pavement Design Report, Structure Survey Reports, and an Environmental Report. 

Now open to the public, the constructed roadway addresses the needs of users while respecting local interests in having designed a corridor with distinct character.

AWARDS:

  • 2012 ACEC WI Engineering Excellence – State Finalist

CLIENT: WisDOT