Two Urban Pedestrian Trail Projects Win Mayor's Design Awards
Milwaukee, Wisconsin – May 2011 – The City of Milwaukee has recognized the Menomonee Valley Passage and Hank Aaron State Trail - West Extension, two urban pedestrian trail projects designed by Benesch, with Mayor’s Design Awards. This honor recognizes exceptional places in the City of Milwaukee and outstanding contributions to these places by individuals or organizations. The City presented the awards at a ceremony at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Architecture and Urban Planning on May 25th.
The Mayor’s Design Award is one of several honors recently awarded to the Menomonee Valley Passage and the HAST - West Extension, collectively. Both projects also earned the 2010 Special Structures Design Award by the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, and the Menomonee Valley Passage was recognized as a Top Project of 2010 by The Daily Reporter.
About The Menomonee Valley Passage
The Menomonee Valley Passage merged the area’s natural, urban, cultural and historical elements, while creating accessibility for thousands of residents, from commuters to bicyclists and tourists. The passage included a new pedestrian structure over the Menomonee River, a pedestrian underpass below the Canadian Pacific Railroad tracks, 2,000 feet of bicycle trail and a connection through limited city parcel space. It re-established a historic connection from Milwaukee’s south side neighborhoods to the newly revitalized Menomonee Valley.
About The Hank Aaron State Trail - West Extension
The Hank Aaron State Trail - West Extension project provided an important transportation link from western Milwaukee County to the Menomonee Valley and the rest of downtown Milwaukee. It involved a new pedestrian bridge and the retrofitting of four former railroad bridges, including one bridge listed on the Historic Register. The trail serves as a key bicycle commuter route and offers numerous recreational and tourism opportunities for thousands of users in nearby neighborhoods.