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Bike extension project connects 76 miles of state trails

Lake Hallie (WQOW)- Bicycle riders can now pedal 76 miles through connecting state trails, thanks to the completion of the bike path extension in the Village of Lake Hallie.

Thursday, the Chippewa Falls Chamber of Commerce had a ribbon cutting to celebrate the extension.

Village President Gary Spilde said the extension was in the works for 5.5 years.

He said a federal grant-funded 80% of the $500,000 project.

Spilde said they have a fair amount of bicyclists in the village, and the project gives them new options to explore the area.

“This trail gets a lot of usage and they had to stop at 40th Avenue before pretty much or get on the highway to go to Chippewa. Now they can go right into Chippewa without any issues so it’s a big improvement,” Spilde said.

Spilde said safety was a major concern, that’s another reason why they wanted the trail extended.

It now runs from Cornell all the way to Durand.

Shannon Satterlee

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