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Dump trucks get one more month to haul fill to River Point



It’s a big, dirty job that’s taking a little longer than expected. 

The task of hauling truckloads of dirt to build up the new River Point site near Copeland Avenue has been going on since the start of summer. 

La Crosse city planner Andrea Trane says Gerke Excavating won’t be finishing the job this week, as planned.

“They are not quite finished with that yet, so they’d like to extend that contract to the end of October…so, October 30th,” says Trane.    

An extension has been approved by the La Crosse board of public works.  The 230,000 cubic yards of fill material raises the land level on the former Mobil Oil site at least 2 feet, to avoid flooding.        

Trane says the dirt will need time to settle during the winter, so the extension will not delay River Point construction in 2022.

The dirt is being dredged from the Mississippi at Brownsville, and then transported to La Crosse.


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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