Gov., legislative panel approve Highway KD upgrades key to opening up park

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The above view shows the site of KD park to the west of Highway KD and north of Highway F.

Some $671,359 in federal economic stimulus funding for improvements to Highway KD was endorsed by Gov. Jim Doyle and approved unanimously by the state Legislature’s Joint Committee on Finance, County Executive Jim Kreuser announced Friday.

“This paves the way for the county to make KD park a reality,” Kreuser said. “The money allows for important safety improvements to be made so that families will be able to easily enter and exit the proposed park.”

The full press release from Kreuser’s office is here if you want more details and background.

Here are some select quotes:

County Board Supervisor Dennis Elverman, who represents the Twin Lakes area and is chairman of the Highway and Parks Committee: “We’ve waited for this for years. Getting the money to get the entryway completed is what has been holding us back. This will actually let us open things up and get people in there a lot quicker than I thought we would.”

Twin Lakes village President Howard K. Skinner: “County Executive Kreuser said this was a priority and he meant what he said. We’re looking forward to the park becoming a reality. I’m also pleased that the trails at the planned park will also interconnect with our already in place recreational trails. It’s going to be a great asset to Twin Lakes and Randall.”

Robert Stoll, Randall chairman: “County Executive Kreuser came to our listening session and obviously he had his ears open. This will be a wonderful addition for the residents of our area.”

The Joint Committee on Finance also approved $4.2 million in Federal Stimulus money for nine transportation enhancement projects, which include:

  • Twin Lakes, East Main Street (Highway Z), streetscape and infrastructure improvements.
  • Salem, State Highway 83 Pedestrian Access and Safety Project, sidewalk installation.

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