Funding for roundabout near downtown La Crosse approved

Cass and 7th Streets intersection deteriorating

An intersection near downtown La Crosse is likely becoming a roundabout.

The Department of Transportation is looking at 7th and Cass Streets for the changes. Officials say the street is deteriorating and has several safety concerns.

To make the project happen the city needs to demolish two apartment buildings in the area. On Monday the board of public works approved funding for lost rent of spaces the property owners aren’t leasing while they try to empty the buildings. The city hopes to buy the buildings by next August then tear them down.

The estimated $1.6 million project is expected to start in 2017.