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New highway shop being prepared for La Crosse County

Brad Williams

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The season for road salt and snowplows will be here soon, and La Crosse County is making plans for helping its highway crews. 

The proposed county budget for 2021 calls for the first phase of a larger highway shop at St. Joseph Ridge. 

The facility would combine a shop the county already has operates on the ridge, and another one in Shelby.    

County administrator Steve O’Malley says the new shop could help the county reduce its workforce, and the amount of fuel used by highway department vehicles.  

County highway commissioner Ron Chamberlain says the road crews are short of storage space at this time.    

The $4 million building at St. Joseph also would include areas for keeping road salt and sand, and a brine-making facility.

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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