Detour on Hank Aaron State Trail

I have heard that some people have been confused about the short detour on the Hank Aaron State Trail. Both Melissa Cook from the WDNR and Kristin Bennett, the bicycle and pedestrian coordinator for the City of Milwaukee, have asked the Bike Fed to share some information about the detour.

The blue line shows the recommended detour on the temporary new asphalt in front of Twisted Fisherman and around the back of Sigma Environmental. The red line shows the section of trail that is closed due to construction. Click on the image above to open it in Google Maps.

The detour will be in place until the middle of August. Here is the information from Melissa Cook, the regional trail manager for the WDNR:

“Just wanted to let all of you know that we will have a detour on the HAST starting after the 4th of July weekend.  The Valley Power Plant is converting from coal to natural gas and the connection to the gas main requires major construction between 11th and Canal St. and Emmber Lane.  We are very fortunate to be able to use the beautiful Sigma Loop as part of our detour route, in addition to a short paved detour across the Twisted Fisherman property.  The only odd portion of the detour is a short 50′ section on-street at Emmber Lane, otherwise this is barely an inconvenience.”

Apparently some people think the detour will take them over to St. Paul, but it dumps everyone back onto the trail along Canal Street at Emmber Lane.

Later this morning I will be heading to the Milwaukee County Trails Council meeting, and the agenda includes updates on a number of Milwaukee area trail projects, including the extension of the Oak Leaf Trail north of Estabrook Park, the repairs on the trail in Estabrook Park and the opening of the ramps on the Hank Aaron State Trail. I will have a report tomorrow morning, so stay tuned 414 trail users.

About Dave Schlabowske, Deputy Director

Dave was the first full-time staff member hired to open the Bike Fed's Milwaukee office 15 years ago. A former professional photographer and life-long Milwaukee resident, Dave likes wool, long rides, sour beer, and a good polar vortex once in a while.

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