Town of Lisbon — The center section of the Bug Line Recreation Trail that extends from the business district of the Village of Merton east to Highway 164 and has been closed for construction since Aug. 12 is expected to reopen this week, according to Waukesha County officials.
The reconstruction, widening and resurfacing of the 4-mile section represents the first phase of $1.2 million in improvements on the 14-mile trail that extends from Menomonee Falls west to North Lake. The remainder of the project is expected to be completed in 2014. The project is being paid for with a combination of county and state funds.
The project includes building a new foundation, or road base, for the trail that varies from 8 to 10 feet in width. The trail is being expanded to 10 feet, which includes a 2-foot-wide gravel path that will be adjacent to an 8-foot section of asphalt.
The 2-foot-wide gravel path is intended to help joggers who prefer running on a soft surface and serve as a buffer from woods and wetlands for snowmobilers, according to Dale Shaver, director of Waukesha County Parks and Land Use.
Shaver said construction workers were putting the finishing touches on the center section of the trail last week. Completion of the project was delayed because of later than anticipated delivery of some materials for the project, he said.
Shaver said he expected the trail would be reopened by Tuesday, Oct. 29.
Shaver acknowledged that a few bikers, hikers and joggers were using the path despite the ongoing construction and barricades and signs that clearly indicated that the path was closed.
Workers had used yellow tape to tie down barricades to prevent them from being moved. However, the tape on barricades near Lake Five Road had been broken.
On separate occasions, a jogger and a biker were observed maneuvering past construction worker and barricades.
"It shows how interested people are in using our trails. Our contractors have been very accommodating. However, if they saw a situation that might pose a danger to someone on the trail, they would have them go back to where they had started," Shaver said.
In the second phase of the project, scheduled to begin in the spring of 2014, the trail will be rebuilt, widened and resurfaced along segments extending from Menomonee Falls to the Village of Sussex and the Village of Merton west to North Lake.
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