One Sussex resident provides a persuasive argument why he and his disabled wife want the Bugline Trail paved, and why the "Friends of the Bugline" movement is wrong.
Monday, May 21, 2012
Friday, May 11, 2012
A local woman is making her voice heard by organizing a rally on Saturday at noon. With over 700 signatures on her petition, will we hear the chanting?
While everyone else was asking questions during Thursday night's Bugline informational meeting, one woman was getting signatures on her petition and handing out flyers about her rally. Joan Griffin, a Menomonee Falls resident vehemently against paving the Bugline, is organizing a rally on Saturday at noon. Her campaign titled "Friends of the Bugline" will meet at Menomonee Park's Group Campsite, march and chant down the Bugline to Menomonee Avenue, and then march back. Rain, snow or shine, Griffin has been hell-bent on getting her voice heard regarding the paving project. In early March when there was nothing but snow on the ground, Griffin was holding a neon sign reading, "Save the Bugline, Don't Pave the Bugline!" “Personally, I am …
Thursday, May 10, 2012
The bridge over the railroad near Quad/Graphics is nearing completion, news that has Sussex bikers jumping for joy.
The effort to reconstruct every bridge on the Bugline trail over the next few years is welcomed news to some residents, but for area bikers, the closure of the bridge near Quad/Graphics is a hassle. However, new information that the bridge should be fully operational by the end of next week has Sussex bikers like Mike Boehm excited it'll soon be over. After being annoyed by the closure for weeks, Boehm emailed Waukesha County Parks Supervisor Robert Garity to get some answers. "Our staff has been working on the bridge every day (most of these days without a lunch break) in order to get the bridge done as soon as possible," Garity replied in an email to Boehm. "We expect the bridge to be done by the middle to the end of next week, which …
Wednesday, May 9, 2012
Don't forget that the meeting regarding the paving and widening of the Bugline trail is on Thursday evening in Sussex. Waukesha County staff will be there to answer any questions.
Whether you like the idea of paving the Bugline trail or are vehemently against it, the time for area residents to voice their opinions and learn more about the project is upon us. Waukesha County staffers and members of the design team for the paving project will be on hand during a public information open house from 5-7 p.m. May 10 at the Pauline Haass Public Library in Sussex. There will not be a formal presentation, but there will be people available to answer questions. The Waukesha County Board of Supervisors approved the $2.4 million project in September as part of the capital improvements plan for the county. Federal funding would cover $1.5 million in costs for the paving project, and $272,000 in state grants would cover another …
Tuesday, May 1, 2012
After 28 years of use, the various bridges on the Bugline are getting a complete makeover.
The Bugline trail isn't the only thing slated for updates. Every bridge on the trail is getting a major facelift after more than 28 years. Dave Burch, Waukesha County's operations manager, said county construction workers are currently repairing the bridge suspended over the railroad tracks near Quad/Graphics. The bridge will be closed for the next few weeks as workers widen the bridge and put new railings on. "We'll be reconstructing all the bridges on the Bugline trail over time," Burch said. "These bridge projects, I mean, I worked on these in the early 80s. The wood on the bridges are now 28-years-old, so they've more than served their purpose." Burch said the county is using money from their budget to construct the new bridges. Also, …
Monday, April 23, 2012
Menomonee Falls resident Joni Griffin started a "Friends of the Bugline" campaign, and she's organizing petitions and a rally to show local government the power of the people.
Wednesday, March 7, 2012
Falls resident has started a petition to halt the $2.4 million plan to pave the Bugline Trail.
In January, Waukesha County Parks Manager Duane Grimm made it pretty clear that a plan to pave the Bugline Trail was set in stone. However, that isn’t stopping one Falls resident from attempting to put the brakes on the project. Joan Griffin, who lives a few blocks from the trail, started gathering signatures from residents opposed to the project and want to keep the crushed limestone trail as is. You may have recognized Griffin if you were at Chilly Fest in Falls or the Waukesha County Expo recently. Griffin and her husband were the couple wearing the neon signs that read “Save the Bugline, Don’t Pave the Bugline.” “Personally, I am outraged at the idea of paving it. I love the way it is right now with its natural look of a trail. It’s …
Thursday, March 1, 2012
The developer finds land to swap, county on the verge of an agreement.
Monday, January 30, 2012
The 16-mile trail will be paved in a two-phase project by the end 2014.
Whether you like it or not, the Waukesha County Parks Department is moving forward with a $3.6 million project to pave the Bugline Trail by 2014. County Supervisors say paving the Bugline has been a project on the books for over a decade, and after receiving state and federal funding, there’s no better time to get it done. However, many residents who utilize the trail just don’t see the point in spending money on a project that they feel isn’t necessary. The 16-mile trail is a relatively straight shot atop an abandoned rail bed through Menomonee Falls, Lannon, Sussex, Lisbon and the North Lake area of the Town of Merton. A two-phase plan calls for a 10-foot wide asphalt paved surface to replace the existing 8-foot-wide crushed limestone …
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
Design experts are looking to reconstruct the trail between Menomonee Falls and Merton.