Bugline Trail Will Reopen Next Month

The first phase of the Bugline Trail paving project is nearing completion.

Crews work on repaving a 3.6-mile stretch of the Bugline Trail in Sussex. (Credit: Waukesha County Parks Department)
Crews work on repaving a 3.6-mile stretch of the Bugline Trail in Sussex. (Credit: Waukesha County Parks Department)
A portion of the historic Bugline Trail in Menomonee Falls and Sussex has been closed since mid-August, but the trail should be set for the first ride across its smooth surface next month. 

Waukesha County officials told the Sussex Sun last week that the 3.6-mile section of trail under construction should be open to the public by mid-October. According to  Waukesha County Parks, signing and railings would be installed in the first week of October. 

The Bugline project will be completed in two phases. The first phase includes the portion of the trail from Highway 164 to County Highway VV. The second phase includes the rest of the trail, which ends in Menomonee Falls. In the coming months, the county will also repair bridges located in the first phase of the project.

The second phase would be completed in fall 2014. Plans include a small unpaved path along the side of the paved path for joggers and snowmobilers. 

For county officials, the time was right to pave the trail. Roughly $1.5 million of the project cost is funded by a Federal Transportation Enhancement grant, and another $250,000 comes in the form of stewardship grants from the state. The remaining $650,000 is being funded through the county’s capital improvements budget. If the federal funding wasn’t used, it would end up heading to a different project in another part of the country.

The project has been on the books for many years at the county level, and the paved surface will make the Bugline Trail accessible to a wider range of residents who may be disabled or are pushing a baby stroller. 

Paul September 23, 2013 at 09:54 PM
Not a fan of man-made materials in the nature's woods.
HansFritz September 23, 2013 at 11:46 PM
Agreed. A waste of taxpayer monies to citify a beautiful natural trek by bike or on foot. What was wrong with using wood ships and gravel?
Justa Comment September 24, 2013 at 08:45 AM
It looks like the natural beauty of this wonderful place to walk, dog-walk, etc., is now just gone. How sad.
Di Atribe September 24, 2013 at 10:53 AM
The biggest problem with these paved trails are the exact people they're now trying to attract. You think it's annoying being stuck behind left-lane drivers, just try not accidentally killing inattentive stoller-pushers when out for your bike ride. Next thing you'll see is for the banning of bikes on the trails. It's happened in other places because of "evil" bikers supposedly going too fast, when the real problem is poor lane-sharing by dog-walkers and young moms distracted by wandering kids.
Dot September 24, 2013 at 12:42 PM
Think what the public schools or the Food Pantry could do with even a portion of $1.5 million, but no we "need a new and improved trail". Does that make any sense?
dbueschel September 24, 2013 at 12:53 PM
What about the danger of riding or jogging on pavement covered in wet leaves and perhaps ice. Compacted gravel is far superior for tire or shoe traction. As an avid bicyclist, I will stay off the trail once it is paved.
Ralph Waterman September 24, 2013 at 06:19 PM
Darn it. I really wanted it to be made a true multipurpose trail like the one that runs from monroe wisconsin to mineral point. That trail takes walkers, runners, bikers, horses with riders, ATV's. Its awesome. This would have been perfect.


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