Monthly Archives: October 2010

Hank Aaron State Trail Opening

The official opening of the Hank Aaron State Trail western extension is scheduled to take place November 8 at 11 am. The location is 3700 W Pierce St (the southern end of the new Valley Passage). The new section of trail follows former railroad tracks between 37th St and 94th Place. The route can be clearly seen on the Milwaukee and Southeast Wisconsin map because it is marked as a railroad line.

There are a limited number of access points to the new trail. On the whole section, there are only two grade crossings. Here are the access points (going from east to west):

  • A connecting trail that starts at Pierce St and 37th, goes north down a switchback, goes under the existing railroad track, crossing the Menominee River, and connects to the existing trail at Canal St.
  • General Mitchell Blvd in the Wood VA Center, one of the two grade crossings.
  • 56th St, a connector from the south.
  • The west side of Hawley Rd.
  • 68th St, a connector from the north.
  • 76th St, the other grade crossing.
  • 89th St, an informal connector from the south.
  • 94th Place, the present western end of the trail. The continuation of the trail to the west awaits the reconstruction of the Zoo Interchange.

The trail crosses several bike routes shown on the map without connecting with them, instead crossing over or under them:

  • The bike trail on the east side of Miller Parkway that connects National Avenue to Canal St (trail crosses over).
  • 70th St (crosses under).
  • 84th St (crosses over). At this time there is no direct connection to the Wisconsin State Fair.
  • 92nd St (crosses over).

Perhaps it is also worth noting the three streets, all with marked bike lanes, that pass over the Menominee Valley on viaducts, thus crossing but not intersecting the older section of trail:

  • 16th St
  • 27th St
  • 35th St
(This post has been cross-posted at bikeverywhere)

Beer line trail

Here are some photos of the new beer line trail. It will eventually connect Commerce Street to Locust along the west bank of the Milwaukee River.

Update (October 16, 2010). The beer line trail is now open. It starts at the northern end of Riverboat Road (Commerce Street), passing under the North Avenue bridge (there is no direct connection to North Avenue), and climbs up the bluff to the old railroad right of way.

There were a number of articles on its opening: here, here, and here.

Hank Aaron Trail Pictures

Here are some pictures of the western extension of the Hank Aaron Trail, taken earlier this week. Note that the trail is paved from 94th Place to a point a bit west of Hawley Rd. East of there, the trail is unpaved and several bridges are incomplete.