Pay station parking project delayed in La Crosse

Published On: Mar 25 2013 04:14:03 PM CDT   Updated On: Mar 25 2013 06:02:49 PM CDT
LA CROSSE, Wis. -

A project to install gates and pay stations in downtown La Crosse parking ramps is being delayed.

The pay stations will require drivers to take a ticket on the way into a ramp and pay on the way out.

The fee will be 50-cents an hour, but there will be a grace period of four hours on week days and eight hours on weekends and holidays. The city has all the equipment they need, but when they put bids out for installation, no company bid on the project.

The city is adjusting the bidding process with one major change.

"We've extended the time for completion of that project," said La Crosse Public Works Assistant Director Robert Haines. "We think that's a big reason why nobody bid it was just a little too aggressive a schedule, so bids are do in April for that and hopefully we will have a bidder and we'll get that work going."

The pay stations will be in three of the four ramps the city owns. The Riverside ramp will not be included because of a developer's agreement.

The city hopes to generate between $25,000 to 30,000 a year with the fees.