The refurbished Hoan Bridge won’t include a bike lane.
An extended Lake Parkway will.
Plans for the six-mile extension of the four-lane highway include a separated, multi-use path, 10 feet wide, to serve bicyclists and pedestrians. The pathway received little attention at a public hearing on the proposal last month but is part of the $207.2 million estimated cost of the new roadway.
This blueprint shows the 10-foot multi-use trail included in the Lake Parkway extension plans.
The bike and pedestrian lane is a priority, said Milwaukee County Supervisor Patricia Jursik, chairman of the Lake Parkway Extension Advisory Committee.
“We’re required to consider trails, but I think the answer is broader,” Jursik said. “I believe it’s necessary as we develop this lakeshore corridor.
“The corridor should include good trails, so potentially you can ride your bike from Chicago to Milwaukee, which I have done. You follow Highway 32 now. It would be fantastic if we had a bike trail.”
Jursik said the same about the Hoan Bridge, but the Department of Transportation rejected proposals to include a bike lane in a reconstruction set to begin in 2013.
Having the pathway included in the preliminary designs for the parkway extension is encouraging, said Kevin Hardman, executive director of the Bicycle Federation of Wisconsin.
Jursik’s advisory committee will meet March 26, and is likely to vote in support of the proposal to extend the Lake Parkway from Edgerton Ave. to Highway 100. Construction will be at least 10 years off, after additional approvals and engineering.