New Segment of the Hank Aaron State Trail is Open!
Yesterday marked the opening of a new section of the Hank Aaron State Trail. This $6.1 million expansion creates an east-west bicycle connection to downtown Milwaukee for bike commuters, and recreational users. The trail has eight neighborhood connection points that open it up to the community. The new section nearly doubles the length of the trail, by adding about 4.5 miles of new asphalt, although a small section is still crushed gravel, and includes the addition of two significant new bridges, one at S. Hawley Rd., and another which connects the Menomonee Valley into the neighborhood. The path crosses Miller Parkway and passes through the Zablocki Veterans Affairs Center, ending at S. 94th Pl. It will eventually extend to 124 St. as part of the Zoo Interchange project, if funding isn’t dropped from the project. Numerous governmental agencies, businesses, and organizations worked to accomplish this project including the FTA, the Wisconsin DOT, the Wisconsin DNR, the City of Milwaukee, the Friends of Hank Aaron State Trail, the Milwaukee Brewers, CSA Commercial, and the Urban Ecology Center.