The Pike River Improvements project, started in 1997, was established to accomplish various goals, including flood control, removal of properties and structures from the floodplain, ecological and habitat restoration (fish habitat and prairie/wetland establishment), and recreational corridor development. This 1.5-mile segment completed the recreation corridor proposed in the Pike River Improvements Plan.
This section of the path connects to the Pike River Trail, which travels south to Petrifying Springs Park where it connects to additional bicycle and pedestrian facilities within communities in Kenosha County. Design strategies for the 10-foot-wide shared-use trail minimized impacts to surrounding land, trees, and wetlands. The alignment of the path even follows a former haul road from the Pike River restoration project to minimize grading as much as possible.
The Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program (CMAQ) funded the work, and our team utilized their experience with WisDOT Sponsor’s Guide to Non-Traditional Transportation Project Implementation in the course of the project’s design and delivery.