KL Engineering worked with Waukesha County, WI, and WisDOT for the design and 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 railroad corridor, adjacent to residential properties and wetlands. The majority of the trail was centered on an existing 66-foot-wide abandoned rail corridor and involved the removal of invasive tree growth, rails, and ties. The design incorporated 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.