New alternatives being proposed for traffic congestion along South Ave.

New ideas come after criticism towards original ideas

A La Crosse group is applauding the Wisconsin DOT’s willingness to take a different route to reduce traffic congestion in the city.

Two weeks ago the DOT presented a number of different proposals to widen parts of South Avenue by about 15 feet. The proposals were met with criticism from both the city and community members.

Livable Neighborhoods Incorporated says the original proposals would be detrimental for homes and businesses.

The DOT is now finding alternative ways to make the roads safer while working with the community.

“The people in the neighborhoods and the local businesses have be listened too by the city and the D-O-T and that’s refreshing. We think that’s good that’ we’re trying to solve problems rather than get more cars and trucks through,” said Livable Neighborhoods President Charley Weeth.

The DOT will present their alternative proposals to the city sometime in August.