Fwd: Wisconsin River Recreation Bridge Study Public Information Meetings Scheduled Oct. 21, 23

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Fellow Snowmobilers:

Please read below…
This pertains to the proposed Wisconsin River Bridge I have been talking about for years. The feasibility study is under way.
The two hearings below are in regards to uses… and we want to secure snowmobiling on that bridge! I know in some cases, it could be a bit of a drive for you, and are welcome to comment. However… if you are up for a road trip, we could use any and all at either hearing to sign in supporting snowmobile use… 
Please pass this along to our members!

Sam Landes

Executive Director-Dane County 

AWSC Legislative Committee Chair

Association of Wisconsin Snowmobile Clubs 

7353 Springhelt Drive

Dane, WI 53529


608-513-3591 cell


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From: Gateway to The Driftless <info@gatewaytothedriftless.com>
Date: Tue, Sep 17, 2019 at 4:58 PM
Subject: Wisconsin River Recreation Bridge Study Public Information Meetings Scheduled Oct. 21, 23
To: Christopher Long <info@gatewaytothedriftless.com>

Greetings friend. Consultants for Dane and Sauk counties studying the feasibility of building a four-season recreation bridge over the Wisconsin River at Sauk City will hold two community meetings in October to provide information about goals of the study and to introduce the public to the potential bridge project.

 The scheduled meetings are:
  • Monday, October 21, Wisconsin Heights High School, 10173 Highway 14, Mazomanie. Open House 6:30PM, Meeting 7:00PM
  • Wednesday, October 23, River Arts Center (Sauk Prairie School District), 105 9th St., Prairie Du Sac. Open House 6PM, Meeting 6:30PM
The study is being led by MSA Professional Services, Inc. of Baraboo in partnership with Westbrook Associated Engineers, Inc. of Spring Green to explore design options and estimate construction costs for a new 500-foot bridge for pedestrian, bicycle, and snowmobile use to connect the recently expanded Great Sauk State Trail with Walking Iron Trail envisioned in northwest Dane County.
Meeting attendees will have the opportunity to be part of the development of the design options. For the consultants, the purpose of the meetings is to gather the following information:
  • What is the story that we want to tell about this area and the bridge site?
  • End user insight into important environmental, historical, or cultural themes that may be incorporated into the bridge design;
  • End user insight into the desired amenities associated with the bridge…ow do people want to use this bridge?
  • End user insight into the preferred aesthetics (materials and style) of the proposed bridge design
The location under study (attachment) is the former site of the 100-year-old Sauk City rail bridge demolished in 2018. A final report from MSA/Westbook is due by December 31, 2019. The consultants will identify a preliminary design alternative based on construction feasibility, consideration of environmental matters, cost of construction and maintenance, and other factors to be determined.
The Great Sauk State Trail Commission is administering the study for the two counties, which are sharing the $78,825 project cost. The public is encouraged to visit the project Facebook Page for updates and to provide input.
Dane Contacts: Chris James, james@countyofdane.com, 608-224-3763; Christopher Long, chris@gatewaytothedriftless.com, 608-658-7901

Sauk Contact: Jared Pinkus, jared.pinkus@saukcountywi.gov, 608-355-4840

Please help us spread the word about this important community event. Feel free to forward this email and the attached flyer to others who may be interested.

Hope you can join us!


Christopher Long
Executive Director
Gateway to The Driftless
(608) 658-7901 (cell)