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Pearl Street walkway could get more funds, while skyway plan is up in the air

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More improvements could be coming to La Crosse’s Pearl Street.  The city council finance committee has approved an extra $250,000 for rebuilding a walkway on Pearl Street, extending to the riverfront. 

Plans for a new skyway to connect the Radisson and the remodeled La Crosse Center are being put on hold for now, according to city planner Andrea Trane.

“The cost if we were to put in the skyway was just not something that we could find funding for at this point,” Trane told the committee on Thursday, “so the alternative that we have right now is to more or less put the walkway back together.”

A total of $765,000 had been approved for the Pearl walkway by the council last May, but project costs reportedly have gone up since then.

Trane says the elevated walk will require a lot more funding. The hotel and the La Crosse Center have been connected by one skyway ever since the two buildings first opened in 1980.

Council president Barb Janssen questions whether more money needs to be spent in the Pearl Street area, when other projects around the city also deserve funding. The Pearl Street project goes before the full 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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