Anywhere a paved recreational trail has been placed in Muskego, response is immediate and ultimately popular. As the stretch of trail along Woods Road west to Racine Avenue has been completed, bikers are already making use of that trail, and are asking when the last piece of the trail puzzle going south can be completed.
The answer is 2013, and if a proposed partnership works out between the city and Waukesha County, it will cost $70,000 less.
The Public Works Committee met Monday night, and Director of Public Works Dave Simpson outlined the proposal, which would keep the design and survey work 'in house.' With Racine Avenue being a county road, the offer was made to utilize county staff to assist the city in developing a design plan and providing survey work.
Simpson explained that had that work been bid out to private firms, the estimate would have come in around $80,000. However, putting in house resources to work, the estimated cost came in slightly over $10,000.
The trail would link up near the Culver's on the west side of Racine Avenue just south of Janesville Road and connect it to the recently finished trail at Woods Road, near the high school. By the end of 2013, the trail system in place would allow pedestrians and cyclists to 'loop' the city, as the Janesville Road project will also be completed by the end of next year.