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Monday - July 2, 2018 2:07 pm

City closes key access route to downtown right before Riverfest Featured

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Getting out of downtown La Crosse after the Fourth of July fireworks just got a little more difficult. 

Without notice, the city on Monday shut down a key access route to the downtown for a construction project on Cass St., from Seventh St. to West Ave. 

Barricades went up just two days from the start of Riverfest and a fireworks display that typically draws thousands to Riverside Park in the downtown. 

Normal post-fireworks traffic can slow to an extreme crawl out of the downtown even with all streets open. 

It's unclear why the start of the project was planned to coincide with a downtown festival that places such high demand on current infrastructure.

The Cass Street project has been in the works for some time and includes, among other things, a new surface, adding bike lanes and putting in new street lights 

Mitch Reynolds

Mitch Reynolds is the News Director at Midwest Family Broadcasting. He covers the internecine agonies of La Crosse city hall. He really likes basketball.

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