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The Juneau County Board approved adding two new ATV routes in the county at its Feb. 19 meeting.

The county amendment added a new 1.3 mile route on County Road B from Wermuth Road to Felland Road near the Town of Lisbon and 1.4 miles on County Road M from 12/16 to 39th Street near the City of New Lisbon and Town of Orange.

“The Highway and and Public Works Committee of the Juneau County Board of Supervisors has determined that there is a need to amend the Ordinance to add two new route(s),” the ordinance proposal states.

“It’s a good thing,”said Juneau County Chairman Alan Peterson of the amendments.

The City of New Lisbon also approved new ATV routes and additions to existing routes at their Feb. 18 meeting.

The new routes will make it easier for ATVs to move throughout the city. Coming towards New Lisbon from Necedah on Highway 80, ATV drivers will now have more options.

“Under the old ordinance, they would have had to take a left onto Carroll Street but now they are also able to go up to Monroe street and go north or south on Monroe,” said New Lisbon City Clerk Lisa Vinz.

ATV drivers would also potentially be able to access West Bridge Street more easily.

“They would normally have to take West River to get to West Bridge Street and now they can take North Washington,” Vinz said.

The potential changes were discussed at the New Lisbon Common Council’s Jan. 21 meeting, but will be officially decided upon Feb. 18.

“We received a petition from the Castle Rock Family ATV Club,” Vinz said. “They asked us to consider these additions.”

The Castle Rock Family ATV Club expressed to the city in a letter extending the route on Bridge Street from Carroll Street to Monroe Street “would be safer (by) giving the reider the option to exit the State highway without having to cross traffic.”

The changes would establish a new route for New Lisbon: Route Five. The new route would allow access to 12/16 from County Road M.

“This would grant those living in the trailer park a means to get on the existing previously created routes,” the letter from Castle Rock Family ATV Club reads.

“They’ve all been doing a wonderful job of organizing,” Wisconsin ATV/UTV Association President Randy Harden said of the local ATV clubs. “My hat is off to them, they’ve done a really good over there.”

New Lisbon is not alone in expanding ATV access throughout the municipality. The Mauston Common Council voted in 2018 to allow ATV traffic on Union Street enabling riders to cross the bridge over the Lemonweir River.

The change allowed ATVs to more easily get from the northern side of the city to the southern side and vice versa.

“There’s a lot of people buying them and recreating with them,” Peterson said. “It’s a good entertainment for people to get around.”

Maps of ATV routes are available at Mauston city hall, the Juneau County ATV Council, Castle Rock Family ATV Club and the Bear Bluff ATV Club.

“It’s unbelievable the pace that towns, cities, villages and a few counties now are opening up more and more roadways,” Harden said. “It has been happening regularly and fairly large amounts of roads.”

You can reach Jake Ekdahl on Twitter @JakeaEkdahl or contact him at 608-697-6353

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