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) trail 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.
I checked out the Bug Line Trail the other day. It was recently paved between Merton and Menomonee Falls–a big improvement over the old unpaved trail which seemed intent on returning to nature. At the eastern end, two blocks of street riding (shown on the Milwaukee map) takes one to a trail along the Menomonee River, passing by the falls themselves. This trail ends at Fond du Lac Avenue, but a trail is under construction next to FDL Avenue that will connect to the branch of Milwaukee County’s Oak Leaf Trail that runs next to Bradley Road.
The section of the Oak Leaf Trail south from Bluemound to 120th Street has been rebuilt as a trail, replacing the very potholed road.
The second section of the Kinnickinnic Trail is now open. This section runs from Lincoln Avenue, just east of First Street, south then swings west to Sixth Street at Rosedale St. A new bridge takes the trail across Chase Street. There is no connection at Chase.
The new trail would appear to form an on-trail section of Milwaukee County’s Oak Leaf Trail East-West Connector, but no Oak Leaf Trail signs have been placed yet. The Connector runs east from the Oak Leaf Trail along Lake Michigan to 84th Street where it turns north. The new trail would seem to imply a re-routing of the Connector in Bayview from Montana Street to Lincoln.
The first section of the KK River Trail runs between Washington Street and Maple Street to the east of First Street. To connect to the second section, one would continue on Maple St to First Street and then go south on First to Lincoln.
A trail is currently under construction between Lincoln Avenue and Sixth Street using a former railroad right of way. It will follow the Kinnickinnic River.
The photos below show construction on the bridge that will take the trail over First Street. The first was taken about two weeks ago. The second was taken today.
For those taking the Oak Leaf trail on the south side of Milwaukee County, Drexel Avenue has long served as the connector between Lake Michigan and the trail along the Root River to the west. The bad news is that an interchange has now been opened connecting Drexel to I-94 and no doubt increasing traffic counts. The good news is that as part of that project a bike trail was constructed along the north side of Drexel.
Map of trail (pdf): Drexel bike path
All maps prepared using bikeverywhere.com.