This multi-phase project involves construction of a bicycle and pedestrian route along the sandstone cliffs of the Wisconsin River. Beginning in the center of downtown Wisconsin Dells, it will ultimately connect to WDNR conservancy properties and park land up river. This project includes multiple bridges, multi-tiered limestone boulder retaining walls and the 10-foot wide walk consists of colored and textured concrete to resemble flagstone. Funding through a WDOT ST-D, WDNR Stewardship program, DOT SAFETEA-LU and DOT SRTS grant funds were utilized.
The first two phases required cutting into a steep hill-side along previously un-usable land adjacent to a sheer 40-ft cliff. A major 180-ft span bridge was needed to cross a significant ravine; current design challenges include routing the trail through WDNR owned conservancy avoiding environmentally sensitive areas.
Phase 3 included constructing a concrete shared use path along River Road and Illinois Avenue, concrete path, asphalt paving, signage, and includes replacement of the existing structure along Illinois Avenue, over Crandalls Bay, retaining wall construction, reconstruction of the street, street lighting, bridge rehabilitation of the River Road Bridge to accommodate the shared use path, storm sewer, erosion control, traffic control, decorative railing, riprap and landscaping.
City of Wisconsin Dells
Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin