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Should state or local government decide on road projects, like roundabouts?



Cass St. roundabout has been functional for just over a week.

It’s been just over a week since La Crosse’s first roundabout opened.

New roundabouts, like the $2.3 million project by the Wisconsin Dept. of Transportation for the Cass St. roundabout, could be coming. Many, however, are questioning who decides when and where these projects should happen.

State transportation secretary Dave Ross doesn’t see the trend continuing where the Wisconsin DOT decides local traffic issues.

“There seems to be some momentum towards local control on that kind of a design feature,” Ross said during a recent visit to La Crosse. “Roundabouts have been very effective and they save lives. But, how many and where, is the big question?”

Ross said roundabouts have been credited with increasing public safety and that Wisconsin is a leader in building them.


A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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