LA CROSSE, WI -

A big change is coming to a major road near downtown La Crosse.

The Department of Transportation has plans to change Cass St. between 4th and 7th Streets.

Officials say the street is deteriorating and it has a number of safety concerns.

The biggest change adds a roundabout to the intersection with 7th street. According to the plans, that will require the demolition of seven buildings.

Also, the road will become two lanes with a shared left turn lane and some bike lanes. "More defined crosswalks that will improve the safety and overall operations of the roadway," said project manager Reiny Yahnke.

The 1.6 million dollar project is scheduled to start in 2017.