Falk opens Cam-Rock bridge, to link bike-hike trails
March 30, 2007
$200,000 package of recreational improvements
CAMBRIDGE – Dane County Executive Kathleen Falk today officially opened a 100-foot bicycle-pedestrian bridge over the Koshkonong Creek in Cam-Rock County Park as part of a $200,000 recreational improvement package including construction of a key recreational trail with regional links to Milwaukee and Madison.
“This will be a bridge to everywhere,” Falk said of the $100,000 steel and wood structure installed in the county park during the first two weeks of March. “This new bridge will be the connector of a bike-hike trail that first will connect Rockdale and Cambridge, and then go on to connect to the Glacial Drumlin Trail.”
The cost of the $100,000 bridge, a 10-foot wide steel bridge with wood decking, was shared equally by Dane County and the Cambridge Foundation.
Construction of the first two miles of this new trail will get under way this summer with possible completion by late fall or early 2008. Falk said the estimated cost of the two-mile stretch to link Rockdale and Cambridge is $100,000 and covered by Dane County and the State Stewardship Fund.
“Eventually, this new trail – with this connector bridge -- will be extended north of Cambridge to the Glacial Drumlin State Trail,” Falk said. “Glacial Drumlin has connections east to Milwaukee and beyond. And eventually, it will have connections west to Madison on the Capital City Trail.”
Others joining Falk in the afternoon bridge ribbon-cutting ceremony included Bill Lunney of the Dane County Parks Commission, Cambridge Foundation members, Friends of CamRock Park and elected officials from the Villages of Cambridge and Rockdale, and the Town of Christiana.
Falk also thanked contractor Dustin Fett of Stone Creek Construction, the Dane County Land and Water Resources Department, the Dane County Public Works Department and the state Department of Natural Resources for this help with the bridge project. Falk also expressed gratitude to the Town of Christiana for its assistance with equipment and support during the bridge installation.
Cam-Rock County Park is 440 acres and offers mountain biking, skiing and hiking trails, shore fishing and shelters for group activities. Local volunteers and Dane County staff, with the help of state and federal funds, have been involved in a variety of restoration activities at the park.
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Photo of Ribbon Cutting Participants (from left to right): Dane County Executive Kathleen Falk, Dane County Parks Commission Chair Bill Lunney, Village of Rockdale President Chuck Hutchens, and Mike Rumpf, a member of the Cambridge Foundation.
Joanne Haas, Office of the County Executive (608) 267-8823
Dane County Parks Office, (608) 246-3896.