Residents weigh in on DOT plans for South Avenue

Residents weigh in on DOT plans for...

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) - The Wisconsin DOT is making its final recommendations on plans to reconstruct South Avenue in La Crosse, and presented the plans to the public at Central High School Thursday night.

Of the four original proposals the DOT laid out, they eventually recommended one that does not expand the width of the road and calls for three roundabouts at intersections with East Avenue, 16th street and West Avenue.

That's something that has opinions of those who live and work along the road split.

"I think it slows people down as they come to the intersection, (and) I think traffic flows through them. I don't have tons of experience, but the ones that I have used, I think they're beneficial," said Christine Molstad.

Joseph Randall lives along South Avenue and disagrees.

"I've been there for 50-some years, and we haven't had that many accidents," said Randall. "I think the signal lights and turn lane would do just as good as a roundabout."

The DOT says this plan offers the smallest amount of property displacement, but eight properties will be affected. The department says they'll work to find new locations for those who are being displaced.

The South Avenue project is expected to begin in 2022.

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