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George Street crossing gets lights, while Xcel project is delayed again



A busy pedestrian crossing in north La Crosse could become a little safer soon. 

Flashing crossing lights have been approved for the intersection of George and Logan Streets by the La Crosse board of public works. 

A survey of traffic at the crossing shows that about 150 pedestrians may cross George Street on a typical day. 

Two young children were hit and injured by a car at that intersection back in November, in a hit-and-run incident.

In other business, the board will wait at least one more week before deciding whether Xcel Energy can replace some power lines through the La Crosse River marsh. 

The citizens’ group Friends of the Marsh is concerned that the permitting process is moving too quickly, and it does not want to see trees or wildlife disrupted. 

Xcel spokesman Mike Herro tells the board that he didn’t even receive permits from different government bodies until about a month ago. 

The Xcel project was first presented to the board at the beginning of February.

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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