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Bug Line Trail expected to reopen

Construction workers are putting the final touches on the reconstruction of the Bug Line Recreations Trail at its Lake Five Road crossing. The trail between the Village of Merton and Highway 164 is scheduled to reopen this week. It had been closed since Aug. 12 to wide and resurface the center section of the 11-mile trail. Work on other segments of the trail may be done next year, according to Waukesha County officials.

Construction workers are putting the final touches on the reconstruction of the Bug Line Recreations Trail at its Lake Five Road crossing. The trail between the Village of Merton and Highway 164 is scheduled to reopen this week. It had been closed since Aug. 12 to wide and resurface the center section of the 11-mile trail. Work on other segments of the trail may be done next year, according to Waukesha County officials.

Oct. 29, 2013

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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Ninth Annual Oconomowoc Rotary Wine & Brew Fest: 5 p.m. Feb. 28, Olympia Resort, 1350 Royale Mile Rd, Oconomowoc. Wine, food and beer. Features foods from the best of our local restaurants. Purchase tickets at $50 from an O-Town Rotarian, through Facebook, or in person at most area First Bank Financial Centre locations, Books & Company & Lorleberg True Value Hardware. See more at www.oconomowocrotary.org. $50.

Chili Tasting: 11 a.m. Feb. 28, The Garden Mart, W297 S9115 Highway 83, Mukwonago. Chili tasting from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Local vendors will be selling unique merchandise. Judging is open to the public and all proceeds from voting will be donated to the Mukwonago Food Pantry. Event is free. Call (262) 363-5252 for information.

Dr. Seuss Birthday Bash Literacy Event: 10 a.m. Feb. 28, Hartland North Elementary, 232 Church Street, Hartland. Families with children in 4-year old kindergarten through second grade are invited to a special event. The Cat in the Hat and the Lorax will celebrate with a big birthday cake for all of our guests along with lots of literacy activities based around Dr. Seuss books.

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