LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW) -- Bicycle advocates speak with the Minn. Department of Transportation about the importance of a bike path on the new Interstate 90 bridge.
The preliminary plan does not include a path or even provisions for one to be built later.
MnDOT says including those provisions would add another $2 million just to design it and another $10 to $20 million to build a path.
The life span of the bridge will be 100 years.
Bicyclists hope to have their voices heard before the plan is finalized.
"I think we got some sincere desire on the part of the MnDOT officials to see if it would be possible to look at the issue again," says John Boland, Bicycle/Pedestrian Advisory Committee chairman.
"Where we're at right now, we're moving forward at this point without retrofitting the bridge for a future bike trail. Now, that doesn't preclude something could be done later," says Greg Paulson, MnDOT Asst. District Engineer.
Construction is set to begin in 2012.
MnDOT hopes to host a public hearing on the matter sometime in May.