Work will soon begin on the western portion of the cross-town connector bicycle trail.
The West Allis Common Council on Tuesday approved an $828,878 construction contract, for which all but $240,000 will be covered by grants.
The city will pay its share with federal Community Development Block Grant dollars and money from an equity investment fund the city created. No property taxes will be used.
The paved off-road trail, along an old interurban railroad bed, will come out of Greenfield Park and be parallel to and a little south of Greenfield Avenue between 124th and 108th streets..
The cross-town trail will connect on its west end with the New Berlin Recreation Trail, which in turn leads to other trails going across Wisconsin to the Mississippi River.
City officials hope to complete the two eastern sections of the trail in future years to link up with the Hank Aaron State Ttrail.
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