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City looking to end lingering North-South highway plan

Brad Williams

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Some unfinished business from the 1998 election is back on the agenda at La Crosse City Hall. 

A city neighborhood commission has passed a resolution, asking the Wisconsin DOT to end plans for a North-South Corridor to move traffic faster through La Crosse.  

On November 3rd of 1998, La Crosse voters backed a referendum blocking city funding on a road through the marsh, and many voters were hoping that would be the last word on the matter, but the state says there’s still a need for that highway. 

The vote against the highway plan was 11,951 to 7076, although 3 of La Crosse’s 18 districts at the time opposed the referendum question.

Mayor Tim Kabat says the expected price of the corridor plan has increased sharply over the decades, and it’s now priced at $143 million.    

There are calls for the DOT to let La Crosse use corridor money to fix existing streets. 

The full city council could vote on the matter next week.       

The ’98 referendum specifically stopped the City of La Crosse from spending local money on a marsh road, but that was only binding for two years.

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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