Rails to Trails
Over the past few months I have heard from a lot of folks that support the "Rails to Trails" initiative which would complete the extension of the recreation trail on the abandoned railroad that runs through Racine County. I am excited to see such great enthusiasm for the project!
Rails to Trails has brought great opportunities for people to be outdoors and be active. Wisconsin and Racine County is rich in natural beauty and this project only enhances that. This project would benefit the community greatly, aesthetically and economically, and I support it wholeheartedly. I have talked to many of you about this issue, and wanted to give you an update on the status of the project.
I have been involved in multiple discussions on the issue, and Representative Robin Vos and I have had several constructive meetings with local officials. Currently, the value of the land on which the trail is on is extremely high. The DNR has begun negotiations with the owners of the railroad, but I do expect the process to be lengthy. I am looking forward to continuing to work with local officials on the issue, and am very hopeful a positive resolution can be reached. As the process continues, I will be sure to keep you updated on the progress.