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Parking ramps to get gates, pay stations

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LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW) – The second of three La Crosse parking ramp projects is underway.

Crews started pouring concrete into holes leading to power and communication lines Monday.

Those wires will power the new entry gates and pay stations in three of four downtown parking ramps.

The first three hours of parking will be free, each additional hour will cost $0.50, according to Robert Haines, assistant director of La Crosse Public Works.

"We just don't seem to have enough revenue these days to do a decent job of taking care of the ramps," Haines said. "So, we want to generate some more revenue so we can do a better job of maintaining those ramps."

The project is expected to be completed by October.

At that time, drivers will need to pay to park in the Main Street, La Crosse Center and Market Square Ramps.

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