LA CROSSE Wisconsin (WXOW)-- The Board of Public Works approved a preliminary plan to create an eagle look out on the northside of La Crosse.
The city would work with the Wisconsin Department of Transportation to create the viewing area on Rose Street. City planner Larry Kirch says right now, many people pull off the road to watch the birds and it's a hazard.
The area attracts eagles because of the current and it's one of the last places to freeze in the winter.
In order to move forward with the plan, the city has to consult with the DOT and find funding. Kirch says rough estimates re between $300,000 and $400,000.
"At this point there are couple potential funding sources but nothing that we've identified," Kirch said. "I mean, the city could pay 100 percent of it, we have to go back and see if there are scenic byway dollars we can apply for that might be available by 2016."
The city previously received a scenic byway grant to fund a look out but that proposed spot was a flood zone and the money had to be returned.
If the project is feasible with the DOT, the city council would have to approve a final design.
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