LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW) - La Crosse turns to plan "B" as it searches for ways to get drivers to slow down in a south side neighborhood. The first idea met with resistance from neighbors.
The first idea from the city called for installing what are called speed tables down 33rd street. They are similar to speed bumps but with a small ramp and a flat top. But many of the people who use that road didn't want them. So Tuesday, the city hosted a meeting to reveal its new idea. The new plan calls for a raised intersection at 33rd and Juniper street as well as crosswalks and new sidewalks. The project will also add stop signs at Bentwood and Levy streets as well as six solar-powered speed indicator signs along 33rd street to warn speeders to slow down.
"The raised intersection isn't necessarily again intended to really slow traffic down. It'll give traffic a bit of an elevation as they cross that intersection but the stop signs certainly will cause traffic to have to stop and hopefully the speed indicator signs will tell people you're going to fast, you're exceeding the 25 mile an hour speed limit," says Director of Public Works, Dale Hexom.
Construction for the project should begin sometime this week or next week and should be completed by the end of the year.
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