City seeks state grant
Pedestrian bridge could again link two Waupaca parks
By Angie Landsverk
The city of Waupaca is seeking a grant to replace the pedestrian bridge between two downtown parks.
The bridge connects Hidden Park to the nearby Rotary Riverview Park on the other side of the Waupaca River.
The bridge has been closed since around 2010 due to safety concerns.
The Wisconsin Department of Transportation has a one-time $75 million Multimodal Local Supplement Grant Fund that focuses on multi-modal travel.
“We feel we have a good project replacing a park bridge that allows bike and pedestrian connection to our downtown,” Public Works Director Justin Berrens wrote in a memo to the mayor and common council.
When the council met on Dec. 3, it approved the city submitting an application.
The application was due Dec. 6.
The state program could provide up to a 90% cost share for the construction of the bridge, according to Berrens.
The estimated cost of the improvement is $910,000.
That includes the new bridge, grading, sidewalk and removing the old bridge, he told the council.
If the city receives funds, it has to be brought back to the council for approval, Berrens said.
The project would then be added to the city’s five-year Capital Improvements Plan.
Berrens said the city would have six years to use the funds, so the project would be on the back end of the city’s plan.
He noted replacing the pedestrian bridge is part of Rotary Riverview Park’s master plan.
That plan was updated and approved in 2018.