LA CROSSE, Wis. -

The city of La Crosse is one step closer to installing a roundabout near downtown.

The Board of Public Works voted Wednesday morning to recommend a roundabout be built at the intersection of Cass and 7th streets. The vote came after the board got a green light from the neighborhood revitalization commission.

The roundabout design would require several buildings be purchased and knocked down. That process won't take place for at least a year so construction won't start anytime soon.

"If funding would happen to open up in 14, 15 or 16, they'd be ready to go but right now it's looking like a 2017 bid advertisement and construction in 2017," said Public Works Director Dale Hexom.

Wednesday's recommendation will now go to the Department of Transportation for the design phase.