West Allis Cross Town Connector (Route of the Badger)


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West Allis Cross Town Connector (Route of the Badger) Facts

States: Wisconsin
Counties: Milwaukee
Length: 0.9 miles
Trail end points: New Berlin Recreation Trail just east of S 124th St. and S 108th St/SR 100 south of W Mitchell St
Trail surfaces: Asphalt
Trail category: Rail-Trail
ID: 7945190

West Allis Cross Town Connector (Route of the Badger) Description

Although short, the West Allis Cross Town Connector represents an important start to a future link between three trails in Milwaukee County. Currently, the trail begins at a junction with the New Berlin Recreation Trail and Oak Leaf Trail north of Greenfield Park in West Allis and extends east to State Route 100.

The trail occupies a corridor used by We Energies for overhead electricity transmission. The company generously donated an easement allowing construction and use of the trail. Between 1898 and 1951, the corridor was used by the Milwaukee Light, Heat and Traction Company for interurban rail service. Just south of the corridor, an active Union Pacific rail line sees regular freight service.

In the future, the West Allis Cross Town Connector will be extended east through West Allis, crossing a railroad junction and under Interstate 894. An on-road route from the future eastern endpoint will provide an easy link to the popular Hank Aaron State Trail.

Parking and Trail Access

There are currently no dedicated parking lots for the West Allis Cross Town Connector, but parking can be found at Greenfield Park on S. 124th Street in West Allis. The park is less than 0.25 mile south of the trail.

West Allis Cross Town Connector (Route of the Badger) Reviews

Clear of snow today

This is a nice alternative to 116th st. Fun to ride through Golf course and Greenfield Park.

Basically we used it today as a way to ride between the 2 sections of Oakleaf trail when heading south in West Allis

Used as way to get from New Berlin Trail to Oak Leaf Trail/ Hank Aaron Trail

We accessed this trail from New Berlin trail then rode south until we ran into Oak Leaf Trail then took Washington Street across Hwy 100 more or less following Hank Aaron Detour.

Today was pretty light traffic so probably could have just rode 116th st. West Allis Cross Connector has some hills and curves around. Pretty scenic going through the golf course. Pretty short route but good way to stay off city streets.

Pretty cold out today 32F so no one on the connector. However quite a few walkers and bikers on Hank Aaron and New Berlin Trails, maybe working off Christmas lunch?

New West Allis Cross Town Connector

Very nice trail! It always seemed a shame that the Berlin Trail just came to a halt when you could see it easily could go on. Overall not particularly a scenic trail but great commuter trail. The trail has wide, marked lanes for passing and designated areas to rest. No benches but a nice connecting trail. Low traffic crossing on 116th St is nice although it looks like there easily could have been a bridge built or could be in the future. It would be fantastic if when they continue the trail there was a bridge over/under HWY 100 for safety and convenience. Very excited for it to eventually connect the Hank Aaron Trail!

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