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Pewaukee to Brookfield Trail

Pewaukee to Brookfield Trail

Type:Parks, Trails & Recreation – Design
Client:Waukesha County
KL’s Role:Prime Consultant
Location:Waukesha County, Wisconsin
Limits:City of Pewaukee to City of Brookfield
Length:3.5 miles
Design Complete:October 2021
Construction Complete:August 2022
Construction Cost:$1.76 Million [Estimated]

Project Elements

  • Trail Design
  • WisDOT Non-Traditional Project
  • Structure Design
  • Extensive Public Involvement
  • Railroad Coordination
  • Wetland impact minimization
  • Interagency Coordination
  • State & Local Permitting
  • HazMat Coordination
  • Trailheads
  • Significant Alternative Analysis
  • Real Estate Acquisition

KL Engineering is currently working with Waukesha County and WisDOT on this 3.5-mile trail connecting the City of Pewaukee to the City of Brookfield. The trail is largely located within a County-owned abandoned rail corridor, adjacent to residential properties and wetlands. The majority of the trail will be centered on an existing 66-foot wide abandoned rail corridor and involves the removal of the invasive tree growth, rails, and ties. The design incorporates a 10-foot wide trail, two 14-foot wide railroad bridge rehabilitations, residential screening, roadway crossings with ADA updates, signage, and the development of trailheads in Pewaukee and Brookfield.

Public involvement played a key role in the design of the facility with significant input from adjacent residents throughout the project. A variety of supplemental natural plantings were included within the project corridor.

With both the Fox River and wetlands surrounding the corridor, permitting incorporated DNR NOI, Chapter 30, and Recreational Trail wetland fill permit. ACOE permits were required for the waterway crossings and wetland fill. Floodplain and stormwater permits for the City of Pewaukee and Brookfield were also included in the design.

Railroad Bridges to be Renovated
Proposed Typical Cross-Sections
Proposed Trail near Fox River


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