Rail trail trestle work underway

A crew removes railroad ties Friday, Oct. 25, 2019 from the former rail trestle over the Middle Fork River along a future section of the Kickapoo Rail Trail east of Oakwood. 

Crews have hit a high point, literally, in ongoing construction of the Kickapoo Rail Trail as state contractor Halverson Construction has started initial prep work on the railroad trestle that traverses the Middle Fork River east of Oakwood.

High above the river, crews have been removing the railroad ties from the steel framework of the trestle. The work on this section, which will continue next year, is just east of the new 2-mile section through Oakwood that was completed this year and is very close to officially opening, although people have already been enjoying the path that starts just west of Oakwood and continues to Grays Siding Road.

Halverson is working on the trestle section that terminates farther east at the Vermilion County Fairgrounds adjacent to Kickapoo State Park. For more information about the rail trail, its progress and continuing efforts to raise funds to complete the entire 24.5-mile length, visit onekrt.org.