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Three hours free parking ends in most downtown La Crosse parking ramps



The three hours of free parking in most downtown La Crosse ramps ends Monday.

Drivers will now be charged $1 an hour from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., with an $8 max.

That ends a 20-year tradition of free parking for three hours before having to pay for a space.

Free parking at night and on weekends will continue at all of those ramps.

A report to city leaders issued last year found that allowing three hours of free parking during the day was depriving the city about $13,000 a year in potential revenue, which could be used to pay those who monitor the ramps.

The new schedule applies to the four ramps at the La Crosse Center, Market Square, Main Street and Pine Street.

The Riverside Ramp, directly south of the Center, allows free parking at all times.

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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