Proposed downtown La Crosse roundabout moves forward

Current properties to be appraised, numbers presented to owners

From the board of public works, a potential downtown La Crosse roundabout takes a step forward.

On Monday the board approved appraisals on the buildings needed to be demolished to make room for the new intersection at Seventh and Cass Streets.

The roundabout would replace the stoplight and expand where some neighboring buildings currently stand. Before that the city needs to buy those properties from the current owners.

The Department of Transportation had the homes appraised. Those numbers will be presented to the owners who can start a negotiation from there or get their own appraisal.

“It just gets the ball rolling for the process of acquiring the properties for this construction project,” said La Crosse Surveyor Scott Dunnum.

The city says property owners have about two months to make a decision. The DOT hopes to start the project in 2017.