Monthly Archives: October 2015

Repaved south shore lake front trails.

The trails in Grant and Sheridan parks have been showing their age. Fortunately they were repaved and, in the case of Grant Park, realigned this summer.

Kinnickinnic River

Late last year I posted that two new sections of the Kinnickinnic River Trail had opened. Unfortunately the street from downtown Milwaukee to these sections was in terrible shape, with potholes and numerous old railroad crossings. South Water Street has now been repaved so the route is now more comfortable, particularly for those concerned about their tires. Thus this route is a viable option for part of the Milwaukee-Chicago route.

I am attaching a photo of the bridge carrying the new trail over Chase Ave, takenĀ  when it was under construction.

Capitol Drive bridge, looking north-west

Kinnickinnic River Trail: bridge over Chase Ave.

Last obstacles between Milwaukee lakefront and Oostberg

The last section of trail missing between the Milwaukee Lakefront and the Ozaukee Interurban Trail is currently under construction. This trail follows the former Chicago and Northwestern route (the “400”) between Hampton Avenue and Mill Road. This would allow for a largely unbroken (except for city streets in Cedarburg, Grafton, and Port Washington) 20151010_150138trail route between Milwaukee and Oostberg in Sheboygan County. The remaining obstacle is the bridge across the Milwaukee River.

The photo shows the bridge under construction taken from the west end. It makes use of the old railroad bridge, but with a new wooden deck and railing.

The trail itself is currently paved from the Milwaukee River Parkway north west to Mill Road. There were already a fair number of bicyclists taking advantage of today’s great weather.