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City Authorizes Design Work for Bike and Pedestrian Underpass at Bay View Bridge

The Sturgeon Bay Common Council  authorized Cedar Corp to perform design and engineering work for a bike and pedestrian underpass at the Bay View Bridge.

The underpass is part of the city’s comprehensive plan and its bicycle master plan, and would connect Ahnapee Trail to Circle Ridge Road, allowing users to avoid crossing the four-lane stretch of Highway 42.

The cost of the design is not to exceed $24,000, and will be funded in part by a Wisconsin Coastal Management grant that was originally meant to help pay for public improvements on the west waterfront. With that project stuck in litigation between the city and the Friends of Sturgeon Bay Waterfront, the city could not proceed with plans.

With the $50,000 grant set to expire, Wisconsin Coastal Management allowed the city to transfer a portion of the grant to pay for the underpass design.

The city would pay between $6,700 and $12,000 of the project, though city staff may seek additional funding from local private sources.

The grant does not pay for construction of the underpass.

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