County Seeks Federal Grant for Flooded Trail
Flooded area in Root River Parkway submerges trail for most of the year, requires realigning
Milwaukee County Parks has applied for a federal grant to fund realignment of a section of the trail on the southwest side of Milwaukee.
Parks plans to realign approximately half a mile of trail that is now in a flood zone. This section of trail was built decades ago, but changing weather patterns and nearby development have contributed to what the parks department now describes as “constant flooding.” The project will require approximately 2,300 new feet of trail.
Parks is turning to the federal Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) and applying for a $510,373 grant. This program is funded through the Federal Transit Administration and administered to counties and municipalities on the state level through the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT).
The TAP program was created by the federal FAST Act passed by Congress in 2015. It has become a valuable source of funding for trail improvements, expansion and maintenance for the county parks department.
The parks department went before the county board’s Parks, Energy and Environment Committee in December seeking approval to apply for the grant. TAP grants require a 20% local match. Thus, the county would have to allocate more than $127,000 for the project.
This grant will be entered for the 2022 – 2026 granting cycle for TAP, which means it’s the first, and certainly not the last, TAP grant the county will go after in that period.
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