Milwaukee County Parks
Press Release

Construction to Close East Side Oak Leaf Trail, May 14–Late June

Phase II of the project will see the trail reconstructed and widened from its current 10 feet to 12 feet.

By - May 11th, 2018 08:33 am
Ponding on the East Side Oak Leaf Trail, from East Belleview Place to North Prospect Avenue, caused deterioration of the pavement. Installation of a new drainage system is now complete, and construction of the trail will begin May 14. Photo from Milwaukee County Parks.

Ponding on the East Side Oak Leaf Trail, from East Belleview Place to North Prospect Avenue, caused deterioration of the pavement. Installation of a new drainage system is now complete, and construction of the trail will begin May 14. Photo from Milwaukee County Parks.

MILWAUKEE – Phase II construction on the East Side Oak Leaf Trail, a frequenlty used commuter route, is slated to begin May 14. The segment from just north of East Belleview Place to just south of North Prospect Avenue is expected to be closed through late June. During the closure, trail users will follow a signed detour.

The reconstruction project became necessary when drainage problems along the segment caused the trail to deteriorate.

The first phase of the project, from January to February 2018, addressed ponding on the trail with the installation of a new drainage system to better manage stormwater runoff collecting in the corridor. Also during this phase, a construction ramp at North Bartlett Avenue was built to facilitate the movement of equipment. In Phase II, the ramp will be paved as an access ramp for trail users.

Phase II of the project will see the trail reconstructed and widened from its current 10 feet to 12 feet. Work includes reconstruction of the trail base and asphalt surface.

Milwaukee County budgeted $700,000 for the two-phase project, with additional funding provided through a Department of Natural Resources Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Program Grant for $168,000 and a contribution of $175,000 from the Urban Ecology Center.

Project updates and trail closures will be posted at OakLeafTrail.com.

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2 thoughts on “Construction to Close East Side Oak Leaf Trail, May 14–Late June”

  1. John says:

    This is a great example of building something with major flaws, and then inconveniencing the public when it inevitably falls apart. Every spring, construction all over the city constantly repairing shoddy work, which coincidentally costs an exorbitant amount of money.

  2. Patient Bike Rider says:

    Money well spent.

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