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Mayo plans to partly close street in La Crosse when building new hospital

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Mayo Clinic Health System in La Crosse is moving ahead with its plans for a new, smaller hospital.

The city’s Board of Public Works meets Monday to consider a request to close part of Mississippi Street, to the west of West Avenue, to help development of what’s being called the Mayo Bed Tower.

The project cost is estimated at around $200 million.

The proposal calls for partial street and sidewalk closure beginning April 11. Construction of the project could last until August of 2024.

Mayo announced last month that it will build a 70-bed hospital to replace the existing medical center which has been known in the past as St. Francis and Franciscan Skemp.

It will be smaller than the current hospital.

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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