Jackson Street and State Road among list of roads in La Crosse to be fixed in 2021

Four La Crosse County highways are also being repaired this year

LA CROSSE COUNTY, Wis. (WKBT) – The condition of our roads is a common complaint among drivers in this area, and around the state.

A recent report card from the American Society of Civil Engineers gave Wisconsin roads a D+.

A D+ rating shouldn’t set the standard for Wisconsin roads, but that low of a grade is not all that surprising to the city and the county.

“I think it’s a indicator of the state of infrastructure across our nation,” La Crosse Mayor Tim Kabat said.

“If we had more funding, theoretically we could get a better grade on their system,” La Crosse County highway engineer Joe Langeberg said.

For years, the city has had to play catch-up fixing its roads.

“We’ve been doing I think an excellent job on that, averaging probably about 5 to 6 miles of street repair every year for the last several years,” Kabat said.

A top priority on this year’s list: Jackson Street and State Road.

“It’ll be great to get that project done,” Kabat said.

Kabat says Jackson Street, a state highway, hasn’t been fixed for decades.

The city has been using state money to do maintenance on the road in the mean time.

“The challenge that the city has is most of our main and heavily travelled corridors are state highways.”

Portions of Main, Gillette, Ferry, Airport, and other streets are also on the schedule for repair.

“It will be more than six miles of street repairs if everything gets done according to schedule,” Kabat said.

Four highways in the county will also be worked on: County Roads TA, YY, SN, and the bridge on highway M.

“I don’t know if you’ve ever driven on TA. It is completely falling apart.”

Langeberg says highways TA and YY are locally funded. In total, all four projects cost just under $6 million.

“We try to plan ahead as much as we can,” Langeberg said.

Kabat says the city’s standard starts with roads, and¬†better roads only makes everything else easier.

“Your street infrastructure and utilities are the foundation for business, and school and healthcare and everything else,” Kabat said.

Kabat says the total cost for street repairs in La Crosse this year is nearly 15 million dollars.

City roads are locally funded through property taxes, tax increment financing (TIF funding) and grants.

The state pays for the majority of its roads in the city.

All of these roads and highways will be worked on through construction season, which starts around April and can go all the way to November.

La Crosse Street is expected to be fixed sometime next year.

Below is a full list of road projects in the city of La Crosse for 2021 and 2022.

City of La Crosse road projects