Lawe Street Trestle Trail

Lawe Street Trestle Trail
Transportation | Non-Traditional/Multi-Use Path Design

The City of Appleton recently converted an abandoned railroad trestle bridge over the Fox River into an aesthetic multi-use path that expands the riverfront trail system and connects Lawe Street to the Eagle Point Senior Living complex. The new trestle trail bridge is 575 feet long and utilizes eco-friendly composite plank decking and LED lighting. There are two cantilevered scenic overlooks in the middle that provide aesthetic views of the river and the University. In addition, restoring and relocating the City’s iconic Houdini sculpture were included in the project and the work of art now has a permanent home at the entrance to the trail.

The conversion also provides a key linkage between the North Island and Eagle Point Trails and adds a connection between the Lawrence University area to the larger pedestrian and bike travel network in this historic part of the city, anchoring the east end of downtown. CORRE provided design, construction oversight, and inspection services for this project.

Key Elements/Deliverables
  • Conceptual design
  • Construction document preparation
  • Construction oversight
  • Preliminary and final design
  • WDNR permitting
  • WDNR Stewardship Grant

ACEC-WI 2021 Engineering Excellence State Finalist Award

Location: Outagamie County, WI
Client: City of Appleton, WI
Construction Cost: $3.6M
Client Type: State & Local Government