Thursday July 11,2013  will go down in Portage Canal history.  The Portage City Council accepted funding for Phase 2 of the Portage Canal Renovation Project.  2 million dollars have been held in limbo for the last 6 years by a mayor that was unfavorable to the project.   For the first time in the History of the Portage Canal monies will be spent on the improvement of a section of canal from Adams St. to the Railroad Bridge.  Phase 1 was completed in 2007 and improved the downtown section of the canal From Adams St. to the Wisconsin River Lock.  Phase 2 is the missing link in completeing a trail the entire length of the canal.  The Portage Canal Society had   completed the trail from the railroad bridge to the Fort Winnebago Lock in 2004.  Construction could start as early as 2016.

Thursday, May 28th, 2015 is another landmark day for the Portage Canal. The Portage City Council approved a contract with SEH for engineering Segment 2 ( Adams to RR track).  This paves the way for the final 3600’ feet of trail to be completed.  The contract called for a total expenditure of $360,000.  The city of Portage’s portion was  $80,000, the rest of the money is provided by federal funding that Tammy Baldwin got for Portage.  But it was a close call.  At the last minute the Wis DOT saved the day and guaranteed the City of Portage that they would not be liable to pay back the additional $280,000 if the DNR failed to clean up the contaminates in the canal.  If everything goes as planned construction could start on Segment 2 in April of 2019.

Happy Trails

Fred Galley