Allouez trail plan

The plan by the village of Allouez would link Webster Ave and the Fox River Trail.

Brad Lange knows that Allouez was close to receiving a grant for a trail to connect Webster Avenue to the Fox River Trail in 2007.

It didn’t happen, but the village’s Parks, Recreation and Forestry director thinks the chances of earning the grant have improved this time around.

Lange will present the $292,000 proposal for a 10-foot wide concrete trail running a little more than a half mile to the Village Board tonight for its approval.

It would run next to the Wisconsin 172 off ramp from Webster Avenue across Riverside Drive and then under the 172 bridge to the Fox River Trail.

If approved, Lange will then have to convince Wisconsin’s Department of Transportation to approve the grant, meaning the DOT would pay for 80 percent of the cost with the village paying the final $58,400 and any overages. The connection would be constructed in 2013.

“It certainly seems like it holds a lot of water, because it does give a safe crossing,” Lange said.

The trail would run on DOT property just south of Heritage Hill State Park and then cross Riverside Drive at a stoplight next to the 172 off ramp.

Lange said he received a “very favorable” response from the DOT on the plan and also met with representatives of Heritage Hill.

Lange believes the plan, originally conceived after a citizen request in 2003, makes sense because it also makes the trail accessible from a bus stop on the south side of 172 on Webster, and residents to the east of Webster all the way to East River Drive as well. (Source: Green Bay Press Gazette)

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