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Part of East Side Oak Leaf Trail to close May 14

MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) – Another phase of construction on the East Side Oak Leaf Trail will begin May 14. The trail segment from just north of East Belleview Place to just south of North Prospect Avenue is expected to be closed through late June. During the closure, trail users will follow a signed detour.

Drainage problems along the East Side trail have caused it to deteriorate causing the need for reconstruction.

The first phase of improvement happened at the beginning of 2018 to reduce ponding on the trail with a new drainage system. This next phase will include the addition of a trail access ramp at North Bartlett Avenue and widen the trail from 10 feet to 12 feet.

Milwaukee County budgeted $700,000 for the two-phase project, with additional funding provided through a Department of Natural Resources Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Program Grant for $168,000 and a contribution of $175,000 from the Urban Ecology Center.

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