Dane County officials have announced that design work will begin next year on the final segment of a 110-mile bike trail connecting Waukesha to Dodgeville.
Dane County Executive Joe Parisi has requested $130,000 be set aside in his 2017 budget to design a five-mile segment of the Glacial Drumlin Trail stretching from Interstate 39/90 to Highway N in Cottage Grove. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is also contributing $60,000.
The design work is expected to wrap up in spring 2017 and construction to start in 2019. Once completed, the trail will run from Waukesha in the east, through Madison and to Dodgeville in the west.
The trail is expected to attract between 250,000 and 300,000 bike riders a year.
The money for the trail is coming partly from $215,000 that U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin had secured for the county when she was a Congresswoman.
“Connecting these final six miles between Glacial Drumlin and Madison will not only provide a safe route for Cottage Grove bike commuters into downtown, but it will also introduce more people to our growing community,” said Danielle Williams, a County Board supervisor. “I am very grateful to Senator Baldwin and County Executive Parisi for their leadership on this project.”