Final master plan for Highway 53 corridor presented

Plans to improve what’s been called the Gateway to La Crosse have long been in the works. Now the public gets the chance to see what could be coming to city’s north side.

The Highway 53 Corridor Master Plan committee presented its final proposal at a public meeting Tuesday night.

The plans are the culmination more than a year of meetings and public input and include everything from business development projects to landscaping along the stretch of road from Exit 3 to the La Crosse River bridge.

City planners say the final product is based off of the feedback they’ve heard, specifically from those that live on the north side.

“Northsiders are very proud to be northsiders and we want to show them, at least from the city perspective, that we want to ensure that they have a vibrant corridor, vibrant commercial retail space that they desire, and this plan is based off a lot of what they want,” said Senior City Planner Tim Acklin.

The master plan will now head off to La Crosse’s city council for approval. From there, it’ll be used as a guide to future developments along the corridor.