Bug Line surface work will continue this year
Village of Sussex — Contractors for Waukesha County Parks and Land Use are working on the second phase of a $2.8 million project to widen and resurface the Bug Line Recreational Trail, which will eventually extend 14 miles from near North Lake east to Menomonee Falls.
The second phase of the project includes 8 miles of work from Highway 164 east to Shady Lane in Menomonee Falls. The work is expected to be completed this year, according to county officials.
The first phase of the project, which included widening and resurfacing from near the Village of Merton east to Highway 164, was completed earlier this year.
Construction of the third phase of the project, 2.4 miles east of Dorn Road in Merton to Hartman Court in North Lake, is expect to begin in 2014 and be completed in 2015.
About $2.2 million of the project is being paid for with state and federal funds and the remaining approximately $600,000 is being paid for by Waukesha County funds.
In addition to applying an asphalt surface, contractors will widen much of the trail to provide a 2-foot wide shoulder that can be used by hikers, bikers and snowmobile operators where permitted.
However, there are portions of the trail in phase two where the adding the shoulder may not be possible because of potentially harmful environmental impact to adjacent wetlands, waterways and significant trees.
According to county officials, there are also some areas of the trail corridor in phase two where there are slopes that are too steep for installation of the path without causing adverse impacts on erosion.
Snowmobiling is permitted on the trail except in the village of Sussex and in the village of Merton, which includes areas of trail west of the Bark River crossing on Lake Five Road.
County officials say the goal of the project is to make the trail more accessible and to encourage additional use by county residents. A paved surface will also reduce the amount of maintenance necessary to keep the trail consistent and conditions safe.
The resurfacing also makes the trail available to individuals with disabilities.
County officials say the trail construction is also consistent with new regulations adopted in 2010 implementing the Americans With Disability Act.
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