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Trail marking with directional signs and safety messages on the Middleton, Wisconsin trail system.

 

City of Middleton, Wisconsin, trail network


photo of trail along roadway with separate sidewalk

An example of the "Supreme Streets" concept, promoting safe use
and access for vehicles, transit, bicyclists, and pedestrians

In the summer of 2003, the City of Middleton, Wisconsin constructed a trail, named the West Trail, along an underground sanitary sewer route, thereby completing a connecting between the intersections of Pheasant Branch Road/Whittlesey Road and Century Ave./Branch Street.

This was the beginning of a concerted effort to establish a comprehensive trail network for the city.  Since then the City of Middleton trail network has been greatly expanded and has grown to include 16 trails composing almost 15 miles of trails with additional expansion planned in the future. In addition, the trail network intersects with the Wisconsin D.O.T. Trail and Dane County Trails providing an additional 8+ miles of trails.

Highlights of the Middleton Trail Network include:

The Pheasant Branch Conservancy: This trail segment features natural springs and seeps which flow into Pheasant Branch Creek and Lake Mendota at a rate of 1,800 gallons of water per minute.  The oak savannas, prairies, and wetlands of the conservancy are home to an abundance of native vegetation and wildlife species including the endangered Blandings turtle.  

photo of trail along businesses

Providing bike and pedestrian access while keeping a safe separation
from parking and roadways

The South Trail: This trail segment features one of the longest stretches of boardwalk in Dane County.  Its completion created the ability for visitors to the Conservancy to hike or bicycle around its perimeter.  It also provides pedestrian access to a "duck blind" overlooking the heart of the conservancy.  

The City of Middleton Trail Network is managed by Penni Klein, Public Lands Manager.

The Winter 2011 issue of American Trails includes an article about the Middleton Trails Network use of porous asphalt for trail surfaces (pages 28-30).

Rhino Marking & Protection Systems is proud to have provided marker posts for this great trail network.  Marker posts used include the Rhino TriView™ Marker Post with 360˚ visibility, impact resistance from any direction, long-term durability, UV-stable and temperature-stable weather resistance plus 100% recyclable. Also used was the Rhino 4-Rail™ fiberglass marker post. Information on these posts can be found on page 2 of the Winter 2011 issue of American Trails. The complete Rhino product line can be found at www.trailmarking.com.

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The left two posts are examples of Rhino 4-Rail™ fiberglass marker posts, and the right two are Rhino TriView™ Marker Posts

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

More details about the trail network can be found at www.ci.middleton.wi.us/city/Departments/Lands/Trails/trails.htm

A trail map is available here:  www.ci.middleton.wi.us/city/Departments/Lands/Trails/TrailMap.pdf

 

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