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Highway 35 improvement ideas studied by La Crosse residents at Wisconsin DOT event



Visitors attending a DOT display in La Crosse view proposals for fixing Highway 35 on Feb. 20, 2024 (PHOTO: Brad Williams)

Transportation planners in Wisconsin are busy studying ways to improve Highway 35 through La Crosse, from the far south side up to I-90.

Wisconsin’s Department of Transportation (DOT) had several maps on display at the Main Street Library on Tuesday for the community to comment about, as they viewed possible street changes.

Study manager Michelle Howe with the DOT said some priorities are already known.

“The biggest needs that we’ve identified are safety, as a primary need along the entire corridor,” said Howe. “Obviously, we’re also looking at all the infrastructure needs, so that includes different pavement deficiencies,” including repair work on bridges in La Crosse. “About 60 per cent of the pavement along the corridor is in need of replacement.”

Howe added that actual construction on segments of 35 in La Crosse may not happen for another five years.

Highway 35 is a major freight route for trucks to move through La Crosse. It’s also a popular alternative to other north-south roads through the city, such as Highways 14, 16 and 53.

Drawings of possible changes to Highway 35 are displayed at a DOT exhibit in the La Crosse library on Feb. 20, 2024 (PHOTO: Brad Williams).

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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  1. Lucenut

    February 22, 2024 at 4:26 pm

    35 is a major freight route, so the DOT peppered it with roundabouts where semis have to disrupt traffic by clumsily running over the island and taking up both lanes…

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