The extension of the Ahnapee State Bike Trail, between Utah and Michigan Street in Sturgeon Bay, is now open to bike and foot traffic. The Door County Facilities and Parks Department says the project became a reality through federal and state grant funding, as well as the financial support of the Friends of the Door County Parks group, with help from department staff. The multi-modal dual trail extension is just over five-tenths of a mile in length and is designed to serve pedestrians, bicycles, and snowmobiles on two separate designated trails. Engineering of the trail complied with all DNR and Army Corps of Engineers criteria related to wetlands permitting and trail building requirements. Future maintenance of the extension will be the responsibility of the Door County Facilities and Parks Department in cooperation with Wisconsin Department of Transportation right-of-way agreements.
The Door County Facilities and Parks Department has also announced that upgrades to the section of the bike trail south of the Bay View Bridge in Sturgeon Bay were recently completed to improve the surface and eliminate potholes, uneven surfaces and degraded asphalt. Door County Parks Superintendent Ben Nelson said the county’s trails system is one of its greatest and most popular assets, providing visitors and residents alike further recreational and transportation opportunities.