Construction of longest bicycle bridge to start south of Madison this spring

Construction of longest bicycle bridge to start south of Madison this spring

A Wisconsin company will be building the longest bicycle bridge in the state just south of Madison starting this spring, according to a release.

The bridge will be part of the Lower Yahara River Trail that will connect Dane County’s Lake Farm County Park with McDaniel Park in McFarland, officials said.

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation awarded the contract to Janke General Contractors from Athens for just over $5.9 million, according to the release.

The nearly two-and-half mile first phase of the project will start this spring, and includes over one mile of bridges and boardwalk, officials said. When completed in the summer of 2017, it will be the longest pedestrian and bicycle bridge and boardwalk in Wisconsin.

“We are excited to begin construction on this long anticipated project and thankful to have the Wisconsin Department of Transportation as a partner to assist us with completing this very complex first phase of trail construction,” Dane County Executive Joe Parisi said in the release. “Dane County has some of the best biking paths and access in the world, it is an important component to our quality of life that attracts many people to move and live here.”

The Lower Yahara River Trail will eventually link Lake Farm County Park with the city of Stoughton, officials said. The initial construction phase of the project will be funded with about $4.6 million of Federal Highway Administration Transportation Alternative Program funding and $1.3 million of Dane County funds.

The trail will also include a fishing pier near the railroad trestle on Lake Waubesa along with rest stops and observation areas, according to the release.