Any party wishing to alter, remove, or install (new) any official traffic or parking signage must submit a Finding & Order application. Finding & Order requests may include, but not be limited to, STOP or YIELD signs, Time-limited Parking (e.g. 2-Hour), ADA Parking (non-Residential), Loading or No Parking zones, No Stopping or Standing zones, Bus Stops or Cab Stands, or Tow Away zones. Also included are turning rules (turn lanes), pedestrian crossing rules (e.g. mid-block crosswalks), and one-way streets or alleys. The first step in a finding and order application is a review of the traffic area by Engineering staff. Based upon review by the City Traffic Engineer, a finding and order document may be prepared.
Finding & Orders are managed by the Engineering Department, additionally reviewed by the Police Department, and submitted for approval to the Board of Public Works (BPW). All signage in the City of La Crosse shall conform to the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD).
If additional study is required beyond staff review and available data, a traffic study shall be conducted (separate application and fee). The observations and results of the study shall determine if a finding and order shall be prepared for installation, removal, or change of signing.
If a finding and order is approved by the BPW, a work order will be created for implementation. Included are tasks such as identifying sign locations, calling Diggers Hotline, and furnishing and installing official signing by the Street Department. Based upon workload and seasonal demands, the process may take an extended amount of time.
Please note that curb painting of any color to delineate parking is prohibited by law in the City of La Crosse, except as allowed by Ordinance in the downtown Central Business District.
Send completed applications to:
400 La Crosse St.
La Crosse, WI 54601
Fax: (608) 789-8184