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Brookfield's Greenway Trail construction plans approved

Construction of multi-use trail set to begin in August 2013

Dec. 4, 2012

The Greenway Corridor Recreational Trail construction timetable was unanimously approved Monday by the Brookfield Parks and Recreation Commission. The commission approved final plans for trail alignment and authorization to advertise for bids for the multi-use trail.

The Greenway Trail System is a comprehensive city-wide off-street system of recreational trails that connect existing and proposed parks together.

About 3,500 feet - about two-thirds of a mile - of asphalt trail will connect Brookfield Manor Park to Ruby Park. The 8-foot wide proposed trail is an addition to the existing Deer Creek Trail, which runs about 10 miles through southeast Brookfield.

The commission edited the preliminary design presented in October, moving the trail further south between Joanne Drive and Calhoun Road, closer to the ditch and away from the road, as recommended by the public.

A direct mailing with a map of the proposed segment and entire trail system was sent to 75 residents who live adjacent to the project, ten of whom attended a public informational meeting in September where they viewed trail segment/system plans, aerial photographs and other exhibits and submitted comments about the plan.

The committee said the project isn't expected to be easy.

"One of the challenges with this project is going to be the replacement of an existing 14-by-16 concrete bridge over Deer Creek," said Bill Kolstad, director of parks, recreation, and forestry. "It's falling apart."

The committee will submit permit applications to the Department of Natural Resources and doesn't expect any delays in construction related to environmental impact.

"We've had preliminary conversations with the DNR and (are) doing everything in line with environmental regulatory requirements," Kolstad said.

According to the city's website, the trail system "will become the centerpiece or connecting link of the city park and open space system, providing additional recreational opportunities for residents to experience the natural heritage of the city. The system is built to provide safe routes for children and lead to expanded possibilities for community interaction."

Funded exclusively through revenue generated from cell tower leases on park property, taxpayers won't have to pay toward the estimated $300,000 needed for construction.

The project will open for bidding in late February. The council plans to award a contract in March. Construction is scheduled to begin in August with an estimated completion date of June 1, 2014.

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