Waupun Advances Plans For Multi-Use Trail

(Waupun) The city of Waupun is planning on building a multi-use trail to give students a safer route to the high school. The Common Council approved a resolution during their meeting Tuesday night supporting the initiative. Department of Public Works Director Jeff Daane says the trail would be located on the east and north sides of Gateway and Shaler Drive. It will connect with the trail that goes along the Rock River near the Community Center. Daane says early plans include putting a walk bridge over the Rock River. The path will follow alongside Gateway and Shaler Drive which will lead up to the Waupun High School. The trail grew out of a 2018-to-2025 recreational plan that advised the city to establish bike and walking paths. Daane says it will be a 10-foot wide black top path that will be cleared in the winter months so residents can still utilize the trail. He says the city is hoping several state grants will cover the project’s cost. Daane says the city has applied for a Department of Transportation grant that will cover 80-pecent of the project and plan on applying for a Department of Natural Resources stewardship grant that will help offset the remaining 20-percent. Daane says if both grants are approved the city will be able to get a trail that will cost tax payers very little. The project would break ground in 2021 and should be completed over the summer months.