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North-South corridor plan could be studied again this year



You could call it the highway plan that wouldn’t die. 

The Wisconsin DOT continues to list a proposed north La Crosse highway through the marsh on its future priority list. 

The $140 million corridor plan has been argued about for decades, and city voters expressed opposition to the project in a 1998 referendum. 

Transportation secretary Craig Thompson says the project is due to be examined again this year.

“Our transportation projects commission’s gonna meet again in 2021,” said Thompson, “and if we can’t find greater consensus on that, we may remove that from the potential projects.”    

The plan is designed to provide another road to take traffic between downtown La Crosse and Onalaska.  The state says local traffic volumes are still high enough to keep the proposal alive.   

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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  1. Colleen LeBlanc

    January 8, 2021 at 8:43 am

    We voted it DOWN in 1998. Why do they think there needs to be ongoing plan to do it? It is about preserving our wetlands. That isn’t going to change. That is still the primary reason most of us voted against it.

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