When it’s all said and done, Stoughton and McFarland will be connected by the Lower Yahara River Trail.
For now, the next step in the ongoing, large-scale project will be to link Stoughton to Lake Kegonsa – Phase 2 in the latest project announced by county officials earlier this week.
The first phase will connect Madison and McFarland, said Dane County Executive Joe Parisi in a press release, and will be the latest improvement in the county’s extensive and “nationally known” bicycle trails.
“The Lower Yahara Trail will be a major route for those who commute by bike, and a regional draw that will help boost our outdoor recreation economy,” he said.
The 2014 county budget included $600,000 for the county’s share of next steps to develop the new $5.5 million trail. Parisi said construction could begin as early as next summer, thanks to additional local, federal and state support.