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Tomahawk bike trail project delayedSubmitted: 06/21/2018

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TOMAHAWK - Tomahawk worked for nearly 20 years to buy property to connect the city to nearby trail systems.

But bikers will have to wait another year for the connection.

The city now expects the path to be finished next August or September.

The project got pushed back because the Wisconsin Department of Transportation can't fund its part of the project this year.

Tomahawk is still ready for the addition.


It just needs the funding.

"I'm hopeful things will get done next year, but yet again we are kind of in a limbo mode," said John Cole, the Tomahawk Director of Public Works. "On our end everything is ready to go. So as soon we can pull the trigger next spring, we are going to work with our engineers on this."

The 4.6 mile path was supposed to be finished next month.

All construction plans for the trail will stay the same.

Parts of the bike loop will be crushed limestone, some will be paved, and other parts will share the road shoulder.

The path will connect to the Hiawatha and Bearskin trails.

Cole said the town remains excited and that the Tomahawk City Council remains 100 percent behind the new project.

"When we do get the green light from the state, we can get this thing constructed," Cole said. "4.6 miles of trail in Tomahawk means healthier lifestyles and also brings dollars and people into the community."

Cole said members of the community were not happy about the delay because the project has been in the works for so long.

He said the city will continue to work with the state to make sure everything will be ready for next year.


Story By: Mazie Vincent

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