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City Could Save $70K With County Partnership on Rec Trail Project

Racine Avenue recreational trail would provide a final link from Woods Road south to where the trail begins near Janesville Road, and a collaboration between Waukesha County and the city could cut costs by $70,000

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.

Jane Kuter September 18, 2012 at 01:33 PM
The trail system does not invite the whole community to use it safely. Where is the link down Racine ave to Kelsey drive leading out to Denoon Park? The under utilized park in our city that has been ruined by someone's bright idea into making it into a prairie field! It is nothing but weeds ruining our yards as the winds blow unwanted, undesired seeds of crap that we need to pay lawn services for to rid them, thus polluting the conservancy and eventually Denoon Lake. Bring back the grass, fix the tennis, basketball court and get the drug dealers out of the parking lot! It appears being on the southwest corner of Muskego, means out of sight our of mind!
Sheepshead September 18, 2012 at 01:52 PM
Perhaps you'd like to mow the grass?
Muskego Mike September 18, 2012 at 01:53 PM
I agree with getting the prairie weeds out of our parks. It's an excuse to stop cutting the grass. If Muskego can't afford to cut the grass in the existing parks, then stop building new parks.
Simple Bacon September 18, 2012 at 03:05 PM
To answer your question; I use the trails everyday and will take advantage of the new segments as they become available. It was great this past weekend to actually ride my bike to the library versus driving 1.5 miles. If we can cut costs - all the better.
Denise Konkol (Editor) September 18, 2012 at 04:07 PM
Thanks Simple B - The prairie grasses are a separate issue, and were also designed to save on mowing areas that no one uses. They do take time to develop so patience is appreciated. I also have started to opt for the bike more, especially looking at near-$4 gas prices and a vehicle that gets less than 20 mpg.
Denise Konkol (Editor) September 18, 2012 at 04:11 PM
Bluhm is actually one of Muskego's older parks. It also doesn't mean that at some point in the future those sections won't be developed.
Annie Rundle September 18, 2012 at 05:53 PM
I would also like the trail to go down to Kelsey. Is there any talk about making a dog park somewhere in Muskego? Denoon Park would be a perfect location!
Brian Hofmeister September 19, 2012 at 04:02 PM
Love the new trail. Been using it often.

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