Public Works board recommends guard rail for Norplex Drive

Road has seen 2 fatal crashes in 3 years

The City of La Crosse is one step closer to addressing what’s been a dangerous stretch of road in recent years.

The Board of Public Works recommended Monday to install a guard rail on Norplex Drive at the end of Jackson Street.

Two people have died at the location in the past three years after their cars went over the embankment and crashed into Swift Creek.

Mayor Tim Kabat proposed the idea of adding a guard rail or boulders between the road and the water following the most recent fatal crash in February.

He says the city can’t anticipate every potentially dangerous spot along the water, but it was clear something needed to be done at Norplex Drive.

“It is challenging with a city that runs parallel to a river to try to anticipate every single location,” said Kabat. “We’ve had two fatalities there, so I think this is the right step and the right recommendation going forward.”

The mayor says the next step will be writing the legislation before it ultimately goes to the City Council for a vote. He hopes to do that in the near future, but doesn’t know if it will be done in time for April’s council meeting.