City hopes new sidewalks create safer walking space for residents

New sidewalks in La Crosse could create safer walking routes for residents. 

The city’s public works department held a special meeting Monday night for residents to talk about connecting sidewalks that abruptly end. The city hopes it will keep residents from walking in the street.

However, many of the proposed sidewalks would be on private property, which causes concern for some residents.

“There’s arguments on both sides of the sidewalks. We do hear people who don’t want to shovel them, don’t want to maintain them, don’t want to be responsible for them. They’re used to having that grass area and now they don’t have that sidewalk. That’s a real concern and I understand that,” said Bernard Lenz, assistant city engineer for the city.

The city hopes to finish the final designs of the sidewalk projects within the next month.