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Wolf Run Trail reconstruction begins


October 25, 2018

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This section of Wolf Run Trail, just east of Mazomanie, runs along side Black Earth Creek under the railroad bridge. It completely washed awy in August's floods.

Work is underway to repair flood damage to the US Highway 14 viaduct here and allow reopening of Wolf Run Trail by year's end.

Historic rainfall and flooding in the Black Earth Creek valley in August damaged the overpass and washed out the popular recreational trail under the bridge that spans the creek on the east side of Mazomanie.

Under a $683,050 emergency contract, Wisconsin Department of Transportation contractors are adding protection to one of the bridge piers and restoring the sloped embankment under the structure, along with the retaining wall and the stretch of trail washed away in the flood.

The bridge will remain open to traffic during construction, which is expected to be completed by mid-December.

Wolf Run Association, which administers the four-season, multi-use trail, is teamed up with Gateway to The Driftless, the new regional nonprofit promoting Northwest Dane County for outdoor recreation, to coordinate the overall trail restoration effort. A reopening celebration is planned as part of the WRA's annual Winter Solstice Bonfire Party scheduled Friday Dec. 21 at the Mazomanie trailhead.

"Damage to the trail at the viaduct was so horrible that at first we thought it would take years to reopen, not months. On behalf of the community we're very grateful to WDOT for including restoration of the trail in their bridge repair project," said WRA President Peter Wolf.

Watch for updates on Wolf Run Trail at the WRA and GTTD Facebook pages and


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