La Crosse City Council rejects paying $250,000 for Rose St. redesign

The city of La Crosse won’t be spending extra money to have the Wisconsin Department of Transportation redesign plans for Rose Street near exit 3 on 1-90.

The city council rejected plans Thursday night to pay about $250,000 to have the DOT redesign its plan which would make Rose Street wider.

The city wants to narrow the street, creating more green space along the Black River, however council members were unwilling to pay for the redesign.

La Crosse Mayor Tim Kabat says the DOT’s plan doesn’t meet the city’s vision for the future.

“They’re relying on projected traffic count, which again the history of that stretch of roadway from 1996 to 2012, the traffic actually went down. They’re projecting a 20% increase over the next 20 years or so,” said Kabat.

This project has been in the works for nearly 5 years.

The DOT says the city’s potential changes to the plan have come only in the last couple of months.

And while they’ve tried to implement as many changes as they could, not all of them were possible.

“There are certain design elements that we could consider if they provided engineering analysis showing a functional solution. We have not received any of that engineering analysis. We need to move forward now,” said Wisconsin DOT Project Manager Joe Gregas.

Plans for the project need to be completed by August 2016.