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Wild Goose State Trail connecting the dots

Ann Knoedler

By Ann Knoedler

I was intrigued when a project called Wild Goose Prairie Trail Connection was included in the WisDOT list of projects scheduled to bid Dec. 13 — if only because of the name. So, I checked it out.

Turns out the Wild Goose State Trail extension is a relatively small part of a more complex project to reconstruct a 0.47 mile area of County Trunk Highway VV West Pioneer Road, Hickory Street to Morris Street in Fond du Lac. When completed in October 2013 this section of highway will have been widened to four lanes with curbs and gutters, there will be a new railroad overpass to carry the Canadian National Railroad over the highway, and a roundabout at the intersection of Hickory and Morris Streets.

The Wild Goose State Trail Connection will be constructed on the south side of the roadway, extending it to Main Street. Prior to bidding, WisDOT estimated the construction cost for the trail at $100,000-$249,999, and the highway/street work at $7,000,000-$7,499,999.

The existing length of Wild Goose State Trail, built on an abandoned Chicago and Northwestern railroad corridor, stretches from Dodge County (starting near the city of Juneau), travels along the west side of the Horicon Marsh into Fond du Lac County and ends at Rolling Meadows Drive in the city of Fond du Lac.

Seven bids were submitted with Mashuda Contractors Inc., Princeton, submitting the winning bid of $7,538,801. Design work was provided by Gremmer & Associates.

Construction will begin in May.

Ann Knoedler is the lead data reporter at The Daily Reporter. She reminds you to check out JobTrac’s new website at dailyreporter.com/jobtrac for the latest bidding news.

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