Safe railroad crossing for cyclists and pedestrians

The City of La Crosse realized cyclists and pedestrians needed a safe way to cross an active rail yard, as the nearest crossing was two miles away from their preferred travel route. Our team of bridge and highway engineers made client communication and public involvement the highest priorities throughout the design process. The 1.5-mile, new, paved trail and 800-foot, pre-fabricated steel bike and pedestrian bridge links the Northside residential neighborhoods to the Great River State Trail and nearby shopping centers across the rail yard.

Through close work with the city staff, the new and improved Bud Hendrickson Memorial Natural Trail and Pedestrian Bridge became a reality after nearly 15 years in the making. We coordinated with the Wisconsin Department of Transportation and other state and federal regulatory agencies, along with the Burlington Northern Railroad, to see that the project complied with requirements and met the needs of all stakeholders. During construction, dedicated access points and haul routes reduced impacts to the local neighborhoods. Residential ownership changes and railroad expansion during the design of this award-winning project added complexity that we met with insightful design changes and careful coordination.


American Public Works Association, Wisconsin Chapter
American Public Works Association, Wisconsin Chapter
Public Project of the Year
National American Public Works Association
National American Public Works Association
SC/RC Public Works Project of the Year in Structures


Bud Hendrickson Memorial Nature Trail and Pedestrian Bridge


City of LaCrosse

Expertise Provided



La Crosse, WI


The trail and bridge project was a success because of the partnership between the City of La Crosse, Mead & Hunt and Lunda Construction Company. It was important to design and construct an attractive, cost-efficient solution while addressing the access and safety needs of the community.
Dale Hexom
Public Works Director, City of La Crosse