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Williams Bay approves proposed bike path plans



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December 17, 2013 | 04:33 PM
WILLIAMS BAY — Williams Bay’s bike path has had plenty of planning. It has a construction grant and even a piece of statuary that will go along the pathway.

And now the path has an actual pathway, although it won’t be as long as first proposed, at least not for now.

The Williams Bay Village Board on Monday approved an amendment to the bike path that will run west from the village limits on Geneva Street (Highway 50) to Highway 67 and then north to Olive Street.

Construction will probably have to wait until next spring.

It won’t happen until the state Department of Transportation and state Department of Natural Resources extend formal permission.

Construction is expected to take up to 60 days.

An update on the path was given to the village board meeting as the committees of the whole on Dec. 11 by the village’s engineer, Doug Snyder of Baxter and Woodman.

According to Snyder, the low bidder for the path is Wanasek Corp., Burlington, at $93,900.

Half the cost of construction is eligible for a state grant, he said.

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The village has written authorization from Wanasek to hold the bids until the village has necessary approvals to proceed with the project, Snyder said.

The project runs into approval problems at Olive Street on Highway 67.

The DOT wants an asphalt surface for any portion of the path within Highway 67 right of way.

For comparison, the village received an estimate of $30,000 from Payne & Dolan Inc., Kenosha, for a 1,200 foot section within state highway right of way.

Plans were submitted to both the DOT and state DNR.

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The DOT won’t allow the 8-foot-wide off-road path width on the highway, and the DNR won’t allow wetland filling to provide the wider path, Snyder said.

That means the path would have to end at Olive Street for the time being, he told the committee.

At the committees of the whole meeting, the village board’s streets and highways committee recommended eliminating the proposed construction north of the existing crosswalk connection at Olive Street.

Shortening the bike path would save about 800 feet of path, which might offset the additional cost of paving the section of bike path on Highway 67.

The village board followed the committee’s recommendation.

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The original plan used for bidding had a limestone surface.

Estimated construction costs used in the original grant application listed a maximum cost of $121,000, he said.

The conceptual drawing of the bike path shows it going from the east village limits on Geneva Street to Highway 67, then north to Stark Street across from the main entrance to Kishwauketoe Nature Preserve.

The path would then follow Stark west to Williams Street, run south on Williams back to Geneva Street and west to the village limits.

A second path would run north and south from Angels Lane north on Lake Shore Drive past the George Williams Campus, then straight north on Theatre Road to the village recreation area on the northern village limits.

The two paths would connect with proposed Fontana bike paths, the east-west path meeting Fontana’s bike path on Highway 67 and the north-south path connecting with the proposed Fontana path at Angels Lane.

Plans for a village bike path goes back for years, but planning for the path didn’t start in earnest until 2006.

Meanwhile, Burlington sculptor Brady Lueck donated a simple line sculpture in steel as a memorial to a friend, Aaron Proctor who died in August 2012.

Proctor, originally from Bloomington-Normal, Ill., and Lueck lived in Williams Bay for a short time in the early 1990s, Lueck said. In that time, Proctor fell in love with the Geneva Lake area, and once said he’d want his ashes spread here after he died. He died in Sheboygan. The village accepted the statue, with an estimated value of between $3,800 and $5,000 in February.

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