Sheboygan is very fortunate to be one of only four communities in the United States selected to participate in the Nonmotorized Transportation Pilot Program (NTPP). This federally-funded program was created to demonstrate how walking and bicycling infrastructure can link community resources and increase rates of walking and bicycling. Sheboygan County received $25 million and has used those funds for 25 projects across the county since 2005. One of the County’s largest projects undertaken through this program is the Taylor Drive Multi-Use Path, which was completed in November 2016. Donohue designed a 2.6-mile path along the City of Sheboygan’s west side.
“The environmental process was particularly challenging on this project as it required extensive coordination with the railroad, utilities, and numerous state agencies. This trail is truly a great asset to our community and I am certain that it will be enjoyed by all for many years to come,” remarked Tim Moyer, Donohue Project Manager.
The project was extremely complex due to factors such as steep terrain, heavy traffic, intersection crossings, wetlands, utility corridors, river crossing, and railroad crossing. Six structures were constructed to minimize impacts on adjacent properties and environmentally sensitive areas:
- Three retaining walls of various heights totaling nearly three-quarters of a mile
- A pre-fabricated pedestrian bridge with a scenic overlook at the center spanning the Sheboygan River (185 feet long)
- A pre-fabricated pedestrian bridge spanning the Union Pacific Railroad (154 feet long)
- A 1,000-foot long boardwalk spanning wetlands
Learn more about NOMO Sheboygan County at www.nomosheboygancounty.com
Pictured above (clockwise): Ribbon cutting ceremony on November 18, 2016; 1,000-foot boardwalk over wetlands; Aaron Brault, Sheboygan County Planning and Conservation Director, with Tim Moyer, Donohue Project Manager; 185-foot long pedestrian bridge spanning the Sheboygan River; and retaining wall.