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Work on La Crosse St., South Ave. roundabouts set for 2022; new lights planned on Pearl St.



Rendering of a roundabout at the Ward-South Avenue intersection.

The city of La Crosse has $16 million worth in two major street projects ready to go in the new year.

The Board of Public Works on Monday heard the latest plans for repairs on La Crosse Street, next to UW-La Crosse, as well as a makeover of the southern portion of South Avenue.

Project manager Craig Fisher, of the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, said construction of three roundabouts costing an estimated $11 million for South Avenue could begin early in March.

The roundabouts will be constructed at busy intersections along South Ave. — one at West Avenue intersection, another at 16th Street and a third Ward Avenue.

The over $5 million La Crosse Street repairs are scheduled to start in June.

Both projects are supposed to be done by the end of 2022.

Many people have complained in recent years about potholes near Myrick Park and UW-L going unfixed.

In other public works business, a part of downtown La Crosse may soon become a little brighter at night.

The board approved a plan to hang strings of white patio lights between lampposts on Pearl Street. Businesses on both blocks of Pearl would contribute the money for the lights and may present them as a gift to the city.

The lights would be displayed this holiday season on the north side of Pearl, east of 2nd Street, and more lights could be installed on the street by spring, about 13 feet above the sidewalk.

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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