La Crosse city officials look to complement DOT's South Ave. plans

La Crosse city officials look to...

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) - The city of La Crosse is sharing its ideas for what should be included in the future reconstruction of South Avenue.

The Department of Transportation is planning to do work on a mile-long stretch of the road between Green Bay Street and Ward Avenue. But the D-O-T's plans are focused more on safety and reducing crashes, without looking at other factors in the surrounding neighborhood.

That's why the city decided to look at options to complement the DOT's plan and presented those additional plans at a public meeting Tuesday night.

"It's actually looking at land use along the corridor, connectivity and really what is a once in a generation opportunity to design this corridor in such a way that it will serve the city and the neighborhoods the best it can," said city planning director Jason Gilman.

The city's plans include taking a look at using roundabouts instead of intersections at high-traffic areas and adding accomodations for bicycles.

The DOT has asked the city to provide its input by July, before the state begins to move into the next phase of planning.

Construction on South Avenue is expected to begin in 2022.

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