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New soil study of Bliss Road is authorized

Brad Williams

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It could be another summer of worrying about whether heavy rains will wreck a popular road in the bluffs. 

At La Crosse City Hall, the board of public works has voted to spend existing city funding on a soil consultant to look at the condition of the ground under Bliss Road on Grandad Bluff.     

Mayor Tim Kabat says the latest concern about Bliss is related to erosion issues atop the bluff, near the Alpine Inn. 

Flash flooding has caused repeated wash-outs of the road in recent years, especially in 2007, leading to weeks and months of repairs and detours.    

Money to hire a soil consultant would be paid from the existing storm water budget.  Bliss Road is getting attention again, because of erosion problems along a sewer line at the top of the bluff.   

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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