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Pay-to-park gets another year in campus neighborhoods

Brad Williams

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The pay-to-park program in La Crosse’s college neighborhoods is going to continue for another year. 

The city board of public works voted this week to extend the pilot program, where students and others can pay a dollar an hour to park on residential streets around UW-L and Western Tech.     

City parking coordinator Greg Elsen says the program has succeeded in moving some cars away from homes and into parking ramps instead. 

The COVID epidemic disrupted La Crosse’s 12-month experiment in freeing up parking spaces near Western Tech and UW-L. 

Elsen doesn’t know for sure how much money La Crosse made from the dollar-an-hour parking rate.

Meanwhile, the alternate-side parking hours in La Crosse will go into effect soon, and are expected to stay the same as usual. 

The odd-even winter parking rules begin on November 15th, and last until March 15th.    

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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