La Crosse committee gets update on South Ave. project

South Avenue Steering Committee...

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) - La Crosse officials get an update on plans to reconstruct one of the city's busiest stretches of road.

The city's South Avenue Steering Committee met Thursday to hear the latest recommendations on the project, including some from a design firm in Madison looking to improve the pedestrian and bike safety aspects of the DOT's plan.

City officials previously showed some concern about the affect the DOT's preferred option would have on the surrounding neighborhood.

"When WisDOT does a project, they're interested in what's happening just on that street. They're not interested in a block off the street, three blocks off of the street. The city is obviously interested in what's happening in the broader neighborhood," said Kevin Luecke from Tool Design Groups.

"I think that the end result here is going to be good for the city of La Crosse, we would like to see additional business development there and better access to the neighborhoods, and all in all, I think we've accomplished that, insofar as we were able to do," said city council president Martin Gaul.

The DOT has the South Avenue project slated to begin in 2022.

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