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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.
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.
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