Much like the spokes on a wheel, the Wagon Wheel Connector project in La Crosse would serve as a hub of interconnectivity for hundreds of miles of trails between Wisconsin and Minnesota communities. With this in mind, it was a no-brainer to add this project to our 2022 Priority Projects list.
While the actual project is quite small – less than a mile long – the benefits for trail users on the state’s western coast would be far-reaching. The Wagon Wheel Connector involves creating a protected two-way bike and pedestrian lane on an already-existing bridge that connects La Crescent, Minnesota and La Crosse, Wisconsin. On the Minnesota side, their portion of the project will be complete soon. It’s now time for the Wisconsin side to step up and get this project underway.
Working alongside Bike Fed, local stakeholders submitted a Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) grant early this year in hopes to take advantage of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law’s influx of dollars for projects like these. We are excited to report that the Wagon Wheel Connector’s TAP application has been approved, and the project will be moving forward.