Green Lake Greenways breaks ground on its bike path last week Tuesday. Workers began digging and marking the parts of the path by Highway 49 and Forest Ridge Road.
Green Lake Greenways breaks ground on its bike path last week Tuesday. Workers began digging and marking the parts of the path by Highway 49 and Forest Ridge Road.

   Individuals may not have to wait long to grab a bike and traverse an 18-mile bike path connecting Green Lake, Ripon and Berlin.

   Construction on the path began last week, noted President Howard Hansen of Green Lake Greenways, a 12-year-old group of biking and trail enthusiasts leading the charge to build the bike path.

   “They broke ground [last week Tuesday] and ... we’re doing actually three phases of the trail and this is the start of phase one,” Hansen said.

   He explained phase one is called the “bookends,” meaning construction is beginning on the 3-mile swath of land in the middle section of the 18-mile trail. The ends of that 3-mile stretch will be created and paved, with one end running from County Road PP to Brooklyn J Road, and the other from Highway 49 to Forest Ridge Road.

   “We’re expecting to be done no later than the end of July. It could be quicker depending on weather, but no later than July,” Hansen said, regarding phase one of the project.

   Read the full story, including when the project may be completed, in the April 30,  2020 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.