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“‘Beep, beep’ back it up,” could be most annoying part of approved La Crosse Street project



File - Highway 16 (La Crosse Street) near UW-La Crosse on Sept. 21, 2021. This stretch is scheduled for a makeover by the Wisconsin DOT, beginning June 6, 2022. (PHOTO: Rick Solem)

There could be a few noisy nights along La Crosse Street later this summer, as part of the year-long reconstruction project, which is a week in.

A concrete company received permission Monday from the La Crosse Board of Public Works — at its weekly meeting — to saw chunks of concrete out of the existing road, during evening hours on a weekend in July.

The contractor says the sawing would probably happen in the early evening, before 8 p.m., and only between Friday night and Monday morning.

It says the most annoying noise from the project might be the loud beeping from trucks backing up.

Earlier this month, Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers announced he signed a $6.7 million contract to “improve safety, operations and pavement conditions” of Highway 16, between West Avenue and Losey Boulevard.

The project began June 5 and is scheduled to be completed in May of 2023. It’s been on the Wisconsin DOT project list since the 1990s, as Mayor Mitch Reynolds recently discussed on La Crosse Talk PM.

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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