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Wagon Wheel Trail improvements between La Crosse and La Crescent reviewed at public meeting



Several visitors rode bikes to the La Crosse meeting on March, 4, 2024, about improvements to the Wagon Wheel Trail between La Crosse and La Crescent (PHOTO: Brad Williams)

The pike connecting La Crescent, Minn., and downtown La Crosse is road, which isn’t always a friendly area for pedestrians or bicyclists.

Wisconsin and Minnesota have been working on improvements to make the Wagon Wheel Trail safer. Local residents got a chance to comment Thursday on the proposed plan.

An aerial map shows the section of highway that would be improved for bike and pedestrian use between La Crosse and La Crescent during a public meeting in La Crosse on March 4, 2024 (PHOTO: Brad Williams)

Tim Acklin from the La Crosse city planning office says a proposed widening of one mile of Highways 14 and 61 near Pettibone Park could help bring more people to the trail.

“They don’t like being on a road where they are right next to traffic, and there’s a narrow shoulder,” said Acklin. “So especially when you get to the bridge, that’s what they’re experiencing, and they don’t like experiencing that it’s not safe, and what happens is people then tend not to use it.”

Citizens view a map of a proposed improvements to the Wagon Wheel Trail at a meeting in La Crosse on Apr. 4, 2024 (PHOTO: Brad Williams)

An aerial view of the road plan was on display Thursday at the south side neighborhood center. Road construction is still two years away, in 2026.

Acklin says grants will pay for most of the road work to be done by Wisconsin crews. The overall project cost is $7 million. Most of that budget has been used to build a trail bridge in La Crescent.

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. Contra

    April 8, 2024 at 10:29 pm

    Ummm, maybe ride on the sidewalk?


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