New bike trails coming to three Marathon County communities

WAUSAU, Wis. (WAOW) — Wausau, Rothschild and Schofield will be expanding their bike and pedestrian trails in the upcoming years. The three municipalities received over $1 million combined in funding from the Transportation Alternative Program for the trails.

“A lot of people are out there walking their lunch time of before and after work, and we want to give them the option to do that safely,” said Wausau City Planner Brad Lenz.

Wausau plans on building a new trail along each side of Highway 29 near the business park, giving workers another way to commute to their jobs.

Rothschild and Schofield teamed up to receive their funding, and will connect trails in each community to make one continuous trail. The trail will allow pedestrians and cyclists to travel from Schofield to the Cedar Creek Mall on a direct path.

The new trails will be protected from streets, adding an additional layer of safety for cyclists.

“I think it’s huge for safety, especially as a way to get across Business 51 and to give you a safe route coming up to this side of the village,” said Rothschild Village Administrator Gary Olsen.

The trails are currently in the planning process, but officials believe construction will begin in 2020 or 2021.

Sarah McGrew

Sarah McGrew

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