Pending County Board approval, Dane County plans to apply for a grant worth more than $1 million to begin construction of the Lower Yahara Trail between southeast Madison and the village of McFarland.
The County Board is set to vote Thursday on applying. If granted, the money would come from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation’s Transportation Alternative Program. It would be used to pay for half the cost of an additional boardwalk for the trail and to reduce the project’s effects on archaeological resources along the trail path, according to a press release from Dane County Executive Joe Parisi.
The first phase of the Lower Yahara Trail is expected to run for 2.3 miles and to include a bridge over the Yahara River. The estimated cost is $5.5 million dollars. In 2010, Dane County received $3 million in WisDOT Transportation Enhancement money for the same project.
Phase two of the Lower Yahara Trail is planned to connect Stoughton to Lake Kegonsa State Park. Later work is then planned to connect McFarland to Stoughton in one continuous route.Follow @TDR_WLJDan