The recent announcement that Logistics Health Incorporated
will be adding nearly a thousand jobs in the La Crosse
area is raising some concerns about parking.
and traffic congestion in downtown.
News eight's Eric Jacobson has been looking into the
impact of this announcement and joins us in the newsroom
With around 1,000 new jobs being added to La Crosse's
many are wondering how the move will impact commute
The city says it is always important to approach traffic
concerns on multiple fronts.
NAT POP: Cars
Weber SOT: "With growth like that you're going to
have issues that will have to be addressed, but those
are good problems to have."
And whether its through driving.
or bicycling to work...
NAT POP: More cars
The city is steering its own path to address traffic
One of the issues brought up was, where are these
people going to park? But, most importantly the question
we need to ask is, how are people going to get from
their home to work.
And the answer to those questions may not lie in one
More parking is one answer, but we also need to consider
how people can bike or walk or take transit to get
to work too.
One solution may be re-investing in the city's Pedestrian
and Bicycle Master Plan.
which looks at making it easier to bike through parts
of the city.
There's a lot of potential on second street for a
separate bike lane.
The city also relies on relationships with downtown
aimed to encourage more efficient modes of transportation.
We've set up a committee to look at employee assisted
housing programs -- so what employers can do to encourage
their employees to live downtown.
We also like to work with them to come up with programs
for other transit options as well.
Whether its car pooling programs, ride share programs,
or encouraging people to bicycle downtown.
But whaterver the answer may be.
Weber says La Crosse is going down the right path.
You get around, you get into these communtieis where
the storefronts are all closed down and 'For Sale'
signs on them.
There's no jobs there.
The communities aren't developing developing like
La Crosse is.
In LAX, EJ, N8.
The city also offers loan programs that are designed
to help business ownesr redevelop their second and
third floors into living space or commercial space.
Hoping to encourage more peole to live downtown.
and avoid driving altogether.
We'll continue our look at
the impact of L-H-I's announcement
with how area colleges could redevelop their curriculum
to meet the needs of large employers.