Popular state trail reopened following years of repairs

SPARTA, Wis. (AP) — The popular Elroy-Sparta State Trail in western Wisconsin officially reopened over the weekend following several years of flood-related repairs.

Summer flood damage in 2018 closed the 32-mile-long trail which had about 60,000 visitors a year.

The state Department of Natural Resources said the trail needed two complete bridge replacements and landslide repairs, among other work. According to the DNR, $2.3 million needed for repairs came from the Federal Emergency Management Administration and the state.

While repair work is largely complete, a 1-mile section of the trail was closed as of Friday because of bridge safety concerns.

It's set to reopen after Memorial Day weekend, with a permanent bridge replacement coming in late 2023 or early 2024.

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