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La Crosse County takes its turn figuring out speed limit on County B

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The plan to lower the speed limit on a busy La Crosse highway could get more discussion from the county board next month.

La Crosse’s city council approved reducing the speed limit on County B from 35 to 25 miles an hour where it passes North Woods International School.

At last night’s County Board meeting, however, members chose to delay a final decision.

Supervisor Ralph Geary thinks there’s been enough study and debate already over two years, and said it’s time to vote.

“Next month, the criteria isn’t going to change, the results aren’t going to change,” Geary told the board. “What’s going to be different next month?”

Board chair Monica Kruse said the area near North Woods already has an even lower speed of 15 miles an hour.

“But there would still be this residential area that, it’s felt, needs to have slower traffic,” Kruse said, “and that’s why that 25 mile an hour speed limit, I think, is being proposed.”

A final vote on Thursday failed, because it did not pass by a two-thirds margin.

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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