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Waukesha to Brookfield Trail Connector Project Profile

Waukesha to Brookfield Trail Connector


  • Waukesha County


  • Design 2015
  • Construction 2018

Estimated Construction Cost

  • Design $300K
  • Construction $2.1M

WisDOT ID 2718-14-00, Waukesha County

CORRE recently completed work on preliminary design and environmental documents with Waukesha County and WisDOT for a 5.2-mile trail connecting the City of Waukesha to the City of Brookfield.

The southern portion of the project was planned to travel along CTH F in Waukesha and Pewaukee with utility relocations, major grading, retaining walls, and floodplain impact minimization. The northern portion was to be constructed within a County-owned abandoned rail corridor adjacent to residential properties.

The County's preliminary design incorporated a 10-foot wide trail, five 14-foot-wide railroad bridge rehabilitations, a proposed new railroad crossing at I-94, roadway crossings with ADA updates, signage, and the development of a trailhead in Brookfield.

During detailed design of the railroad crossing, the concept of an at-grade railroad crossing was eliminated due to safety issues. Alternatives such as an overpass adjacent to I-94 and the Fox River were cost and environmentally prohibitive. After numerous route alternatives were explored, the project was ultimately concluded a "no-build".

Key Elements

  • Trail design
  • WisDOT Non Traditional Project
  • New at-grade railroad crossing
  • Wetland delineation
  • HazMAT investigation
  • Utility impacts
  • Property acquisition
  • Railroad bridge rehabilitations
  • State and local permitting
  • New trailhead in Brookfield
  • Development of “natural” corridor in residential area adjacent to backyards
  • Tight timeline required for funding
  • Interagency coordination