Last Oak Leaf Trail segment in Milwaukee expected
Thursday, February 06, 2014 10:29 AM
A final 3.1-mile segment of Milwaukee’s Oak Leaf Trail could finally be built by next fall, linking the city’s lakefront to the Interurban Trail heading north for 30 miles through Ozaukee and Sheboygan counties.
Together the two trails would provide a nearly 100-mile, round-trip bicycle ride, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported. The Interurban Trail ends seven miles into Sheboygan County at Oostburg.
The missing link has been 3.1 miles of former rail line in Milwaukee and Glendale. On December 11, the state Natural Resources Board approved spending $248,200 in state stewardship money to develop the segment, the final amount needed to complete the $5.3 million project. The cost to Milwaukee County residents is $600,000, with most of the rest coming from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s traffic congestion mitigation program, the newspaper reported.
Milwaukee County officials are expected to reach an agreement with the Union Pacific Railroad by early April. Once built – paved to a width of 10 feet – the combined trails are expected to see 500,000 users annually, from walkers, runners, roller skiers, inline skaters to cross-country skiers.