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La Crosse’s alternate-side parking could become emergency-only

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FILE - Snow is piled halfway as high as an SUV parked on Jackson Street in La Crosse on March 4, 2019.

One of La Crosse’s most unpopular winter traditions could get a major change this year.

A city council committee has given the OK to an amendment limiting alternate-side parking in the winter only to periods when a snow emergency is declared, and just for 48 hours at a time. The existing rule calls for odd-even winter parking every night for up to four months, starting as early as Nov. 15.

City council president Barb Janssen thanked two council members who have worked on the proposed changes.

“Our residents will be able to park on the streets when it’s not snowing on both sides,” Janssen said. “It’s a win-win.”

Recently, the city changed the winter parking system so it would not take effect until after the first two-inch snowfall on or after Nov. 15. In 2021, that didn’t happen until the second week of December.

La Crosse police are skeptical of the idea, though. Police Chief Shawn Kudron on Tuesday told the council Judiciary and Administrative Committee that Eau Claire tried a similar change, but then went back to its old winter parking plan.

The parking amendment goes to the full city council next week.

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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  1. Michael Kopski

    August 3, 2022 at 7:18 am

    Wow
    We are again taking an age old law that Generations are use to dealing with, that every other town, and City has enacted, and now changing it because a few don’t care for it. It’s a simple law. But I guess simplicity, and common sense is out the window now days.

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