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Tunnel under George Street could become decorated walking path next summer



Two city committees in La Crosse are in support of a beautification project for a tunnel under a busy bridge on the north side.

The Garden Pathway project calls for painting a mural inside the tunnel beneath the George Street viaduct. The idea is to have pedestrians use the tunnel to connect the Kane Street community garden and housing located east of the bridge.

Organizers expect the painting project to be done in June and July of next year. They hope the artwork will last for at least 10 years before repairs are needed.

Kids and families living near the George Street viaduct would be invited to help paint a mural inside the tunnel.

“That’s actually a tunnel that I’ve gone through as a kid,” arts board member Nhouchee Yang said. “I have remembered being from the north side, going through, like, ooh, it’s a dark tunnel, and it’s kinda scary.”

The tunnel connects the Kane Street Garden, west of George Street, and the Schuh Mullen neighborhood on the east side. The cost of improving the tunnel is estimated at around $3,000.

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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