Wisconsin DOT will not reimburse La Crosse for La Crosse Street repairs

If La Crosse leaders decide to repair La Crosse Street the Wisconsin Department of Transportation says it will not reimburse the costs.

DOT leaders cited Wisconsin State Statutes as the reason, which say local roads that carry state highway traffic through cities can receive state aid when the road reaches the end of its life, but there is no statute letting municipalities bill the DOT for repairs made before that time.

Last week, La Crosse Mayor Tim Kabat said the city could not wait for the state to repair La Crosse Street and planned on sending the DOT a bill for the costs.