Oak Leaf Trail Extension Meeting Thursday

The public is invited to a meeting at the boathouse in Brown Deer Park on Thursday, May 24th from 4:30 to 6 to discuss plans for completing the long anticipated phases 3  and 4 of the Oak Leaf Trail. This is the last “missing link” in the off-street connection between the Oak Leaf Trail, the Brown Deer Trail and the Ozaukee Interurban Trail. The map below shows the multiple phases and construction plans involved in making this important connection.

When completed the trail will connect Estabrook Park (NE corner) to the InterUrban trail in Ozaukee County.  The address for the Boathouse is 7625 Rangeline Road, but the building is in the middle of the park on the lagoon.

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Anyone interested in this important project is encouraged to attend the public information meeting, but I have included a brief update of each of the four phases below.

Phase 1 - The trail from Brown Deer Park north to the Ozaukee Interurban Trail is done.  YAY!

Phase 2 - This is a short segment to be done by the City of Glendale.  I have a call in to the Glendale DPW and will include their schedule here as soon as I hear back from them.

Phase 3 - The design is close to done for this section within the We Energies powerline corridor from Mill Road to Bradley Road.  Construction is scheduled to start in fall 2012 with completion in early 2013.

Phase 4 - Even though trains have not run on these tracks north of Estabrook Park for decades, it was only recently that the railroad filed with the feds to formally abandoned the line.  That step was needed before the County could begin negotiations to acquire the real estate.  Acquisition is scheduled for 2013.  If everything goes according to schedule, bidding would be scheduled for late 2013 with construction in 2014.

Can’t make the meeting?  Contact Karl Stave for info at 278-4863 or karl.stave@milwcnty.com.

About Dave Schlabowske, Deputy Director

Dave was the first full-time staff member hired to open the Bike Fed's Milwaukee office 15 years ago. A former professional photographer and life-long Milwaukee resident, Dave likes wool, long rides, sour beer, and a good polar vortex once in a while.

11 thoughts on “Oak Leaf Trail Extension Meeting Thursday

  1. i’d like to see an extention of the beerline trail northwest along the old railroad corridor to hampton & teutonia. the path is rather straightforward, barren, and connects a number of neighboring communities.

    keith hayes (beintween.org has been working on a grassroots project, the ARTery, that is well underway. more information can be found on the above link, but it’s basically a 3 mile extention of the beerline trail to hampton and teutonia. we did a group ride to showcase the proposed extention last saturday.

    he leaves for germany tomorrow, but i hope to make it to make it there on his/the project’s behalf.

    • Steve,

      The city of Milwaukee has their eyes on that already. Keep your fingers crossed…

  2. Don’t think I can make the meeting, but glad to hear progress is still being made.
    I’m a light-weight in terms of miles ridden, but an extension of this off-road trail just ‘out my door’ in Brown Deer will be awesome!
    The potential for an off-road connection to the full Oak-Leaf Trail is a great end result. I’m willing to do on-road myself, but this will mean I could take my young kids on the trail with me to make it a family outing.

  3. Regarding phase 2: will the newly created “road” through the WE Energies field at Sidney Place be removed when the heavy machinery is gone? I sincerely hope it is not a permanent fixture! Thank you.

  4. Is there any thought yet on how the grade separation will be handled on the rail right of way where it meets the trail south of mill road?

    • Richard, I have not seen any detailed plans for the trail extensions. If you are really curious, you could contact Ramsey Radakovich at Milwaukee County Parks. He might know the answer.

  5. Thanks for the detail. Regarding Phase 3 as shown on the map, Mill Road to Bradley, it was gravel at the end of June. As of 6 July 2013, the first lift of asphalt was complete. Great ride.

  6. Also Phase 2 is complete. On the south end, find the trail entrance at roughly 6051 N Sidney Place. In other words, on the west side of Sidney Place across from 6050 N Sidney Place.

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