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".