LA CROSSE, Wis. (WXOW) – Changes are on the way for Interstate 90 in the area.
The Wisconsin Department of Transportation held a public informational meeting at Logan Middle School to discuss the reconstruction of I-90, which will span from the Town of Campbell to Onalaska. The entire reconstruction project, which also includes major changes to the Exit 3 interchange in north La Crosse, is expected to be completed by no earlier than 2017.
Wisconsin D.O.T. Southwest Region Project Manager Anthony VanderWielen said construction will "likely begin in April" on the I-90 bridges over 12th Avenue and Rose Street. VanderWielen said 12th Avenue will be available to bikers and pedestrians but closed for all other traffic for "roughly a month and a half" during the summer.
The Great River State Trail pedestrian underpass structure will also be unavailable for up to possibly six months once construction begins after the winter season.
The D.O.T. is planning to repave and widen lanes on I-90, eastbound and westbound, and hope to have it completed by the end of 2016. Construction at the I-90, US 53 and WIS 35 Highway Exit 3 interchange will begin by 2017 and the D.O.T. hopes to have it completed by no later than 2018. VanderWielen said the entire reconstruction project will cost roughly $70 million.
"It is infrastructure that needs to be replaced and brought up to standards. Things change and I-90 in this area and Exit 3 was built in 1960 and there has been a lot more changes since with increased traffic over the years," VanderWielen said.
The D.O.T. plans to add sidewalks, shared use and bike paths alongside Highways 53 and 35. VanderWielen said even though nobody likes traffic delays related to construction, "people will be satisfied with the final product".
Additionally, traffic signals will be implemented at the intersection of West George Street and George Street in front of Kwik Trip near Rose Street, Highways 53 and 35 on the northside. The D.O.T. will also add a back access road behind Kwik Trip off of Campbell Street by 2017 to further aid delivery trucks.
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