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Dane, Sauk Counties give Great Sauk State Trail $4 million boost

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MADISON, Wis. — The Great Sauk State Trail will be expanding, thanks to a $4 million investment from Dane and Sauk Counties, officials announced Wednesday.

The money will pay for a bridge over the Wisconsin River, connecting with the Walking Iron Trail.

This would make it possible for a cyclist to travel from Dane County to Devils Lake State Park safely.

“We are excited to continue our partnership with Sauk County on this effort to connect the Great Sauk State Trail with the Walking Iron Trail,” Dane County Executive Joe Parisi said in a statement Wednesday. “When complete, this connection will draw people of all ages outdoors to enjoy the scenic beauty of south-central Wisconsin and the Wisconsin River.”

Dane and Sauk Counties each invested $2 million.

The bridge is planned to be built on the former site of a 100-year-old rail bridge that was demolished in 2018.