Alternate Side Parking Changes Allow Parking in Old K-Mart Lot Only

Alternate Side Parking Changes Allow Parking in Old K-Mart Lot Only

LA CROSSE, WIS — Members of the La Crosse City Council unanimously passed a resolution for major changes to the city’s alternate side parking code on Tuesday night. 

Under the new ordinance, all La Crosse residents will be required to park in the old K-Mart parking lot and not anywhere on-street. The K-Mart building and the former Hardee’s will be demolished in order to create more space for parking. 

As in the past, the new alternate side parking ordinance will be in effect each year from November 15th to March 15th. 

“We just thought this would be easier for people and help street congestion,” said council member Scott Neumeister. “The old ordinance had people thinking about the differently-numbered days, times, which side of the street, and so forth. It was just too confusing, especially for visitors.”

Mayor Tim Kabat echoed the same sentiments.

“First, we wanted to thoroughly clear the streets for our snowplows. Second, we wanted to do something with the K-Mart space. We accomplished both of those with this decision,” Kabat said. 

Kabat and Neumeister do not anticipate backlash from residents concerned they will now have to park potentially miles from their homes. 

“It is what it is,” Neumeister said. “In the end, we need plowed roads and organized parking, and I think people understand that.”

New alternate side parking ordinances may be found on the City of La Crosse website and are copied below.

Alternate Side Night Parking

From November 15 to March 15 of the following year, the City of La Crosse follows Alternate Side Night Parking Rules.

The City of La Crosse Municipal Code reads as follows:

Sec. 44-107. – Night parking alternate sides of street November 15 through March 15.

(a) The provisions of this section shall only be in effect between 12:01AM to 5:00AM from November 15 through March 15.

(b) On odd-numbered days, vehicles shall only be parked, stopped or left standing in the old K-Mart parking lot.

(c) On even-numbered days, vehicles shall only be parked, stopped or left standing in the old K-Mart parking lot.

(d) The provisions of this section shall not supersede more restrictive parking regulations such as no parking zones, etc. in effect in the city including without limitation.

(e) Exemptions – Vehicles are exempt from parking in the old K-Mart parking lot where parking is normally permitted only on one side of the street and in the downtown business district, which applies to no streets effective March 2020.

Violation TypeWithin 10 Days10 – 45 DaysAfter 45 Days
1st Violation within a calendar year$0.00  
2nd and any addition violations within a calendar year  $50.00 + 1 dirty look$300.00$600.00 + 25 push-ups

Reporter Greg Lovell contributed to this article.