Pewaukee to Brookfield Shared Use Trail

Parks, Trails & Recreation – Design & Construction

Pewaukee to Brookfield Shared Use Trail

KL Engineering is currently working with Waukesha County and WisDOT in design & construction of 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. With both the Fox River and wetlands surrounding the corridor, permitting incorporated Federal, State, and local permits for grading, stormwater, wetlands, and floodplains.

Project Details

Client: Waukesha County
Stephen Siodlarz,
Senior Landscape Architect
Limits: Pewaukee to Brookfield in
Waukesha County, Wisconsin
KL Contact: Lynda Fink, PLA
Details: September 2019 – Ongoing
October 2021 – Design Complete
August 2022 – Construction Complete
WisDOT ID: 2718-14-01 | 2718-14-71

Project Elements

  • Trail Design
  • Trail Construction Oversight
  • WisDOT Non-Traditional Project
  • Structure Design
  • Local, State & Federal Permitting
  • Interagency Coordination
  • Extensive Public Involvement
  • Real Estate Acquisition
  • Wetland Impact Minimization
  • Roadway Intersection Improvements & Trailhead Design