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Things still don’t line up on 2nd Street



Just in time for the Oktoberfest parade, crews are putting the finishing touches on the redesign of Second Street in La Crosse. They have spent the past month reconfiguring the layout of the street that runs past our radio building. That includes some bump-outs at Second and State, and the addition of new bike lanes. I don’t have a problem with the bike lanes, even though it has taken away about a dozen parking spots. The problem, again, is trying to make sense of what all the lane markings mean. There are solid yellow lines, dotted yellow lines, some green shaded areas, images of bicycles, arrows, and some mysterious pattern of two solid white lanes connected by diagonal lines. These are located between the southbound driving lane and the bike lanes. I’m not sure what those markings indicate. I don’t remember seeing that when I studied for my driver’s test decades ago. Further south, in front of the La Crosse Center, there are driving lanes, bike lanes, these mystery white lanes and then some blank space, which isn’t clear if it to be used by cars or cyclists. And still, the northbound lane is too narrow, causing larger vehicles, especially semis, to cross the dividing line to avoid hitting parked cars. When I heard they were going to redo Second Street, I was hopeful they would make the confusing lane markings more clear, but somehow, instead, they have only made it worse.

Scott Robert Shaw serves as WIZM Program Director and News Director, and delivers the morning news on WKTY, Z-93 and 95.7 The Rock. Scott has been at Mid-West Family La Crosse since 1989, and authors Wisconsin's only daily radio editorial, "As I See It" heard on WIZM each weekday morning and afternoon.

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  1. Tom

    September 28, 2023 at 9:27 am

    No worries. All the lines will be worn away in a year or so.

  2. Dave

    September 28, 2023 at 11:41 am

    What does the La Crosse City traffic engineer do???? He must have thought long and hard to come up with the mess he has created on 2nd street

  3. Kent Porter

    September 28, 2023 at 1:24 pm

    In my day you just rode your bike on the side walk


    September 29, 2023 at 1:33 am

    I didn’t know there going to fix the rode
    But back in the day band teachers,
    Would mark the pavement so when to start
    Playing music and the different colors
    Could be from other schools idk

  5. The Cyclist

    September 29, 2023 at 2:47 pm

    How about you guys just get on a bike and ride? Simple. Middle-class America is chubby enough. You got too much money, makes you soft and whiny.

  6. The only Intel inside

    October 20, 2023 at 8:32 am

    Traffic engineer?, that’s laughable. Only brilliant people would lower the speed limit and put both the ways across town under road construction,yet at the same time. P.s. Make sure you do your roadwork only during the peak driving hours. When it’s not peak hours not a crew member insight. It’s ghost land with barrels. Maybe the kids are equally as bad as the ones trying to figure out this simple thing. Genius I tell ya.

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