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Cruise boat landing construction will lead to closing of road through La Crosse’s Riverside Park



The main road through Riverside Park in La Crosse will be shut down for a couple of months, in order to build the new levee landing to be used by Viking Cruise Lines.

Jim Flottmeyer of the La Crosse Parks and Rec. Department told the park board Thursday that construction of the landing is scheduled to start around Feb. 1.

Veterans Memorial Drive, the loop through the park, will be closed to traffic for about 60 days, so heavy equipment for the project can be put on the road.

State Street will remain open into the park, to the point where it loops around the circle reserved for the eagle sculpture, which is still being refurbished.

Viking begins cruises up the Mississippi River this summer. The landing should be ready in time for the first Viking cruise to stop in La Crosse in July.

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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