The Wisconsin River Bridge project would connect two of southern Wisconsin’s scenic trails – the Great Sauk State Trail and the Walking Iron Trail – via a 500-foot bridge over the Wisconsin River. When completed, the bridge would further connect Dane and Sauk Counties’ trail systems, creating a true trail destination for walkers, bikers, and hikers. The project itself is expected to cost $10 million, and involves multiple counties and working alongside the railroad for land use – getting it completed will be no small feat. However, both Dane and Sauk Counties are showing full commitment to the project, with each approving $2 million from their respective budgets to get the project moving forward.
Bike Fed has been involved with a workgroup that brings together stakeholders from many groups interested in the project – from Dane and Sauk Counties, to agency partners, to outdoor recreation organizations, and so much more. Sauk County has led the charge, and the project has been moving much more quickly than anyone could have anticipated. Now, the workgroup has solicited Requests for Proposals (RFPs) from qualified engineering firms for the design and build of the bridge. Bike Fed has also been shortlisted for a subgroup that will work to find funding options available for the project.
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
Wisconsin Department of Transportation
State Representative Tony Kurtz