La Crosse council approves funds for Norplex Dr. guardrail

La Crosse council approves funds for...

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) - La Crosse's Common Council is giving its approval for funds to build a guardrail at the site of a fatal crash earlier this year.

22-year-old Justin McElwain died when his car veered off the road at the intersection of Jackson Street and Norplex Drive in early February, crashing into Swift Creek.

McElwain's father and Mayor Tim Kabat pushed the construction of a guardrail in that location shortly after the crash, which was the second fatal accident on Norplex Drive in the past three years.

Thursday night, the council approved spending $25,000 from the city's contingency fund to build the rail, which will stretch from Jackson Street to the Niedbalski Bridge to Ise la Plume.

"It's obviously identified as a real critical area, and the sooner we can get installed, I think that's when you would feel a little bit more relieved," said Kabat following Thursday's council meeting.

The mayor hopes the project can begin sometime this spring.

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