Coulee Region Transportation Study - Maps

Strategy Package H+A1

This package expands WIS 16 to a 6-lane facility from I-90 to La Crosse Street. It makes La Crosse Street a 4-lane facility. The speed limit would be 45 mph on WIS 16 and 25 mph on La Crosse Street. Modeling shows improvements to WIS 16 functionality from a level of service standpoint. The expansion of WIS 16 fixes the functionality, but also makes the facility more desirable for the public to travel instead of US 53 and WIS 35. Because of this, there will be added pressure to Losey Boulevard. This strategy meets the study’s goals and objectives and is recommended to move forward.

Strategy Package H+F1

This package extends US 53 south to connect to River Valley Drive (existing local road) and connects to WIS 35 at St. Cloud Street. This would be a 4-lane roadway. It would start out at 45 mph coming off of US 53 and transition to 25 mph as you get to River Valley Drive. This package also includes a new connection from 12th Avenue South to Medary Lane. This package improves WIS 16 from a functional perspective, taking a lot of traffic off of that facility. It removes the bottleneck at WIS 16 and WIS 157. It takes some traffic off of the current US 53 facility, but adds some pressure on WIS 35. This strategy package meets the study’s goals and objectives and is recommended to move forward.

Strategy Package H+F3

This package extends US 53 south to connect to River Valley Drive (existing local road) and uses Gillette Street to follow the railroad tracks connecting WIS 35 to the existing US 53. This would be a 4-lane facility. This package also includes a new connection from 12th Avenue South to Medary Lane. This package improves WIS 16 from a function perspective, shifting traffic from that facility to this one. It removes the bottleneck at WIS 16 and WIS 157. This strategy package also has improvements to WIS 35 and existing US 53. This strategy package meets the study’s goals and objectives and is recommended to move forward.

Strategy Package H+F4

This package extends US 53 south to connect to River Valley Drive (existing local road) extending south along the south edge of the Indian Hill neighborhood, crossing WIS 35 and continuing south to connect to US 14/61. This would be a 4-lane roadway. It would start out at 45 mph coming off of US 53 and transition to 25 mph as you get to River Valley Drive. This package also includes a new connection from 12th Avenue South to Medary Lane. This package has significant improvements to WIS 16, WIS 35 and US 53. It removes the bottleneck at WIS 16 and WIS 157. This strategy package meets the study’s goals and objectives and is recommended to move forward.

Strategy Package H+F5

This package extends US 53 south to connect to River Valley Drive (existing local road) to St. James Street heading south on an old railroad corridor to Monitor Street. Monitor Street would create a local street connection from WIS 35 to US 53. This would be a 4-lane roadway. It would start out at 45 mph coming off of US 53 and transition to 25 mph as you get to River Valley Drive. This package also includes a new connection from 12th Avenue South to Medary Lane. This package has significant improvements to WIS 16 and some improvements to US 53. It removes the bottleneck at WIS 16 and WIS 157. It does put some pressure on WIS 35. This strategy package meets the study’s goals and objectives and is recommended to move forward.

Strategy Package H+E2+F5

This package is a combination of E2 (dropped as a stand-alone strategy) and F5. It connects I-90 to downtown via Bainbridge Street. It would have a bridge over the Black River and the La Crosse River to 2nd Street in downtown La Crosse. This would be a 3-lane facility (two travel lanes and a two way left turn lane) along Bainbridge Street dropping to just a 2-lane facility as it crosses both rivers into 2nd Street. The speed limit on this facility would be 25 mph. Additionally this combination package extends US 53 south to connect to River Valley Drive (existing local road) to St. James Street heading south on an old railroad corridor to Monitor Street. Monitor Street would create a local street connection from WIS 35 to Milwaukee Street. This would be a 4-lane roadway. It would start out at 45 mph coming off of US 53 and transition to 25 mph as you get to River Valley Drive. This combination package creates a direct connection from I-90 to La Crosse’s downtown. It has significant improvements to WIS 16, US 53 and WIS 35. It removes the bottleneck at WIS 16 and WIS 157. This strategy package meets the study’s goals and objectives and is recommended to move forward.