Bike lanes recommended for Jackson St. in La Crosse

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) - The city of La Crosse is on its way to becoming even more bike friendly.

The Board of Public Works recommended Monday morning that the Wisconsin DOT go ahead with plans to add bike lanes to Jackson Street and State Road.

To make room for the bike lanes, the road's current center line will be shifted and parking will be eliminated from the north side of the street. Parking will still be allowed on the south side of the street.

Plans call for the bike lanes to stretch from 23rd Street all the way down to 4th street.

"It's a fine line of trying to meet the needs of competing needs of drivers, pedestrians, bicyclists, the people that live along the road and then as well safety for everyone along the project," said Todd Waldo from the Wisconsin DOT.

Bicyclists will have to wait a few years for the bike lanes to be put in. Construction on the project likely won't start until 2021.

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