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Village Begins Work on Rotary Park Multi-use Trail

The $900,000 trail project will connect Rotary Park in Menomonee Falls to Dretzka Park in Milwaukee.

The Bugline Trail paving project lately has garnered the attention of many local bikers, walkers, and any other trail users. However, the Bugline plan isn’t the only local project in the works that will make man-powered transportation a bit easier.

Surveying work has begun to chart the course of a new 10-foot-wide multi-use asphalt trail that will run along Fond Du Lac Avenue in Rotary Park and connect underneath the 124th Street interchange in Milwaukee.

The $900,000 project is part of the village’s 2012 capital improvements budget and should be completed next year. When finished, trail users will be able to walk, jog, or bike from Rotary Park in Menomonee Falls all the way to Dretzka Park in Milwaukee.

“The project was requested from some of the residents to improve safety for the users that walk out there,” said Engineering Director Tom Hoffman. “We studied it for a couple of years now, and we were finally able to move from the conceptual phase to putting the plan in motion.”

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Currently, there’s no walking path for walkers or bikers along Fond Du Lac Avenue in the portion of the village. Most walkers are simply using the shoulder of the road, which can be hazardous.

Hoffman said revenues generated from a taxing district that includes Briggs and Stratton as well as Actuant Corporation provided funding for the project.

Hoffman said they don’t have a map of the path charted yet. He said surveyors are plotting a course for the path that would minimize the number of trees and native vegetation that would be removed. The path will meander though the wooded areas along Fond Du Lac Avenue rather than provide a straight shot.

“We want to save as many trees and natural aesthetics as possible,” Hoffman said.

When the surveying work is complete this summer, the village will work through the necessary approvals for easements in winter and put shovels to the ground in 2013.

Nuitari (Grand Master Editor) April 24, 2012 at 08:22 PM
It's bad enough the Falls is connected to Milwaukee with roads, why park paths now?
Steve ® April 24, 2012 at 08:36 PM
lol
Craig April 24, 2012 at 10:06 PM
RINO's on the Village Board voted for this? What a waste of money!
Nuitari (Grand Master Editor) April 24, 2012 at 10:08 PM
The only people I see at Dretzka are the hippies playing frisbee golf.
Babs April 25, 2012 at 01:14 AM
This is a good thing! It is a hazard to walk along Fond Du Lac Ave. This path is needed before someone is seriously hurt or worse.
Unions_NO April 25, 2012 at 12:15 PM
OMG HURRY PLEASE before someone gets hurt. Let's spend $900,000 for those who can't watch for cars. I was a stay-at-home mom and we managed to walk up and down that area with me, and 2 boys under 2 and we never got hit by a car. Has ANYONE mentioned there is a great subdivision called Danell Heights right off Fond du Lac, south of Rotary park...quiet paved streets and a retention pond with walking trail around it. iI drive up and down FDL Rd every day. I don't recall dodging pedestrians and pets. I want to know what companies are getting the $$$ for this total waste-of-money project. In a time when the Falls Food Pantry has lines out the door, you think $900,000 is needed to save the non-existent hoards of people moving daily up and down FDL Ave. THIS VILLAGE IS A JOKE.
Unions_NO April 25, 2012 at 12:18 PM
It says in the article: "Currently, there’s no walking path for walkers or bikers along Fond Du Lac Avenue in the portion of the village. Most walkers are simply using the shoulder of the road, which can be hazardous." Has ANYONE mentioned there is a great subdivision called Danell Heights right off Fond du Lac, south of Rotary park...quiet paved streets and a retention pond with walking trail around it.I drive up and down FDL Rd every day. I don't recall dodging pedestrians and pets. I want to know what companies are getting the $$$ for this total waste-of-money project.
Jann April 25, 2012 at 01:08 PM
There are so many roads in Menomonee Falls that have pot holes and the village wants to spend money on this? My street has not been repaved for years and there are ruts every where. Get your priorites in order. Also, making a walking path for village residents is one thing but why on earth does it have to connect to Milwaukee?
Carrie Morris April 25, 2012 at 01:12 PM
I have two children and live off of Fond du Lac Ave. While, I do not like the idea of being linked even more to Milwaukee, I love the idea of having a safe path for me and my children to walk. When my 3 year old was first born, we used to walk FDL Ave to Rotary and it is just plain SCARY with how bad people speed and don't watch for the pedestrians even with a STROLLER and children in tow. My son is almost 13 and I won't even let him ride his bike to the park because the route is not pedestrian or biker friendly. So for the safety factor, I am glad to see something is being done, I just wish it were a sidewalk :). Beggars can't be choosers, right?!
Jann April 25, 2012 at 01:20 PM
Carrie: The village shouldn't spend money to please just a few. You picked your location with no sidewalks or path. There were plenty of other "safe" places you could have moved. This is like moving into a subdivision where your children have to be bussed to school and then asking the village to put a school within walking distance for your neighborhood.
Uncle D April 25, 2012 at 03:22 PM
Is this project built with profits from the 'Baghdad Hilton??? More government run a-muck! I guess we'll need a sidewalk on Lily road too!
Craig April 25, 2012 at 07:57 PM
One person out of 7 spending fanatics will not be able to make any change. We have a board that gave away the farm for the hotel, and how many payments are missing there?
Joseph April 25, 2012 at 08:02 PM
I would love to, but I live in the Town of Lisbon. However, as much as I hate to see this happen, I fear Sussex and Lisbon will merge, opening the door for us who are actually Conservative and will represent the people. Just like in October when conceal carry was ready to come into effect, they thought people wouldn't want to see people carrying and not many would want to. 100k CCLs in 6 months is a pretty good indication that is false.
Craig April 26, 2012 at 05:36 PM
You do know that you can walk off road in the right-of-way...on the grass? Spending nearly a million dollars for this is moronic, wanting the Village to spend our money on this is selfish.

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