Sheriff Clarke and Senator Larson clash over proposed Hoan Bridge bike path

Sheriff Clarke and Senator Larson clash over proposed Hoan Bridge bike path

By Matt Montgomery. CREATED Nov 14, 2011

MILWAUKEE- A meeting is being hosted Monday night by the Department of Transportation to give residents a two hour opportunity over a proposal to add a bike lane to the Hoan Bridge.

Milwaukee Democratic State Senator Chris Larson believes a bike path should be on the Hoan Bridge.

He told Wisconsin's Afternoon News with John Mercure, "This is a generational opportunity...the Hoan (Bridge) is a big piece of our community, if we don't do it now, we wouldn't have another opportunity for another forty years."

Larson went on to say, "This is a piece of the bike trail that would connect Sheboygan to would be a key piece in attracting tourism, make us a state of the art city and gives people transportation options in the community."

John Mercure asked Larson about the fact that a northbound traffic lane would have to be eliminated.

Larson says the Hoan Bridge is overbuilt and two lanes are sufficient for the bridge.

Meanwhile, Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke says of the proposed bike path idea, "it almost goes beyond bad to the point of being a dumb idea."

Clarke says a majority of days during the year, the Hoan Bridge has terrible weather conditions.

He points out the Interstate was designed for motor vehicles.

Clarke told Wisconsin's Afternoon News, "This would be tantamount to putting a bike lane along (I-43) North between the south side and  north side, so that people could use the freeway system and go non-stop on their bicycles."

Sheriff Clarke says he will have someone at the DOT meeting to oppose it.

He says his department would have to respond to incidents on the Hoan Bridge, so he hopes his department's experience working the interstate system and that bridge would carry some weight in the meeting.

The DOT meeting is going to be at the Beulah Brinton Community Center, 2555 S. Bay St. starting at 5 p.m.