(4/28/140 EAU CLAIRE, Wis. – A weathered and deteriorating bridge on the Buffalo River State Trail is being replaced, which will cause a half-mile section of the trail to be closed to all use until late May.
The DNR is replacing a deteriorating bridge with a culvert in the segment between Arndt Road and McGower Road, a mile west of Fairchild. This closure will be in effect when the project is completed. A short detour around the construction project can be traveled by using Arndt Road and McGower Road. All other sections of the trail remain open for use.
This trail in west-central Wisconsin follows the scenic Buffalo River valley for 36 miles between Mondovi and Fairchild. The river, which lends its name to the trail, was named by early French explorers for the many bison that once inhabited the area.
The trail is built on a former railroad corridor and passes by farmlands, woods, hills and wetlands while traveling through the communities of Eleva, Strum and Osseo.