The Department of Natural Resources is delaying the construction of a bicycle trail and bridge over the Manitowish River in Vilas County after facing criticism.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported that department officials announced last week that they've been moving too quickly and misjudged the public's feelings about plans to create a 4-mile asphalt trail in the Northern Highland-American Legion State Forest in Manitowish Waters.

The privately funded project is estimated to cost more than $1 million and has the backing of one of Gov. Scott Walter's biggest financial supporters, Elizabeth Uihlein, president of Pleasant Prairie-based Uline Corp.

A spokesman for Uihlein said last week that she doesn't have any direct involvement in the project. Uihlein's donations in the town with a population of less than 600 have totaled more than $6.5 million since 2007.