Wisconsin Department of Transportation officials indicated that if La Crosse doesn’t want the $140 million allocated for a north-south corridor, there are other communities that do (Feb. 2 Tribune).
Joe Olson, the DOT’s southwest region director, said his department needs to consider whether to take the corridor off the books.
Such language causes some people to think we better take the money or we’ll lose it, even though the money can only be spent on something we don’t want, a road through the marsh, which voters overwhelmingly rejected in a 1998 referendum.
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On Tuesday, DOT Secretary Mark Gottlieb told a group in La Crosse that Wisconsin’s transportation system faces a shrinking revenue stream. I can tell Gottlieb where he can find $140 million to ease that burden — take La Crosse’s north-south corridor off the state’s books.
Gottlieb says he wants public input. As someone who once was silenced by the DOT at one of its informational meetings because officials didn’t like what I was saying, it’s my belief the only input they want is input they agree with.