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Pedestrians and cyclists have waited a long time for a means to avoid walking and biking along Highway 57 in Sister Bay.  The village received word they have been awarded a $906,000 grant from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation to make the long-awaited trail a reality.  

This coming spring the village will begin work on a 10’ wide multi-modal asphalt trail extending 4500 feet from the intersection of Gateway Drive near Highway 42, south to Northwoods Drive, parallelling the west side of Highway 57.  The route will provide safe access to the Northern Door Children’s Center, and connect homes, apartments and businesses to the downtown area.    Highway 57 has been known to have pedestrian accidents; over the past twenty years there have been twelve accidents between Gateway Drive and Northwoods Drive.  A 2022 pedestrian accident was the most recent incident resulting in serious injuries.

Sister Bay is one of the fastest growing communities in Wisconsin, recently seeing an increase in young families, yet their infrastructure, in large part due to budget constraints, has not kept up with demand.  Although a trail has been proposed along the highway for over two decades, resources simply didn’t allow for the trail to be designed or constructed.  This past year the Door County Medical Center contributed to the cost of designing the trail, and Stantec, a civil engineering firm, designed the trail.

The trail is one of several being planned in Northern Door County.  Sister Bay is just one of a collective of communities working together to design a trail system that will connect Sister Bay to the Egg Harbor area, and ultimately connect to Sturgeon Bay, south to the Ahnapee Trail, and into Kewaunee County.