More than 30 road construction projects in La Crosse listed for 2021

Work is slated on some of the busiest roads in La Crosse, including George, Gillette, Main and Jackson streets and West Avenue

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) – Road construction is nothing new here in La Crosse, and if you feel like there’s some sort of road construction project going on everywhere this year, you’re not alone.

If you live on Gillette Street like Miriam Auman, you’re hearing loud construction daily.

“Annoying because I like to sleep in,” Aumna said.

If you’re just driving around town, get ready to take the detours.

“It seems like they’re making up for a number of years or something,” Holmen resident Deanna Mossman said. “But yeah, it seems like a lot this year.”

Or if you’re visiting from the Twin Cities area, you’re used to construction.

“This is not as bad,” Twin Cities resident Jaleh Nahvi said. “But it’s different because these are smaller streets … So they’re both just as frustrating but in different ways.”

And understandably so.

According to this map from the city of La Crosse’s website, more than 30 road construction projects are listed for this year.

The red lines show where road construction projects are.

Some of the busiest roads in La Crosse are on the list, including George, Gillette, Jackson and Main streets and West Avenue.

So why are all of these major roads getting worked on in the same year?

“Usually we program our road projects is due to safety needs, or pavement needs, as well as funding that’s available to address those needs,” said Steve Flottmeyer, planning manager for the Wisconsin Department of Transportation-Southwest Region.

Flottmeyer says he feels for people’s frustrations.

“(We) certainly understand the difficulties of getting around at times due to construction,” Flottmeyer said. “But we try to mitigate that as much as possible through our design process and public involvement.”

It’s all about patience, because nobody wants to drive on bad roads.

“I would take road construction, because once they’re finished, the roads look beautiful,” Nahvi said.

End dates on the projects may change because of possible “unforeseen circumstances,” officials say.

La Crosse Street is expected to be fixed sometime in 2022.

Construction season can go all the way to November.

The city is spending more than $13 million on infrastructure projects in this year’s capital improvement budget.