The Stewart Tunnel is an iconic biking landmark here in Wisconsin, providing shade and cooler temperatures to Badger State Trail users through its .25 mile curved tunnel. Unfortunately, the Stewart Tunnel has been closed since catastrophic rain events in 2018. Last year, an engineering solution that will keep the Tunnel open for bikers and hikers – as well as protecting the existing bat hibernaculum – was approved.
Governor Evers included $6.6 million for Stewart Tunnel repairs in his Capital Budget recommendation. This recommendation is not only promising but also necessary to reopen the Stewart Tunnel – and the entirety of the Badger State Trail – to trail users.