In 2003, the La Crosse Public Library and the City of La Crosse Planning Department worked together to create a historic comparison of intersections in the city of La Crosse.
Fifteen intersections originally photographed in July 1970 were selected, and duplicate photographs of the intersections were taken in 2003.
The original photos from July 1970 were used to demonstrate traffic flow and safety issues concerning several La Crosse city intersections. These were taken to accompany a grant proposal to the federal TOPICS (Traffic Operations Program to Increase Capacity and Safety) program. The program was an appropriation from Congress "to municipalities with a population of 5,000 or more for traffic operations projects designed to reduce traffic congestion and facilitate the movement of traffic." As a result of this project, La Crosse received federal money to improve at least three intersections.