Wisconsin governor announces road funding for local governments

By Keith Goble, Land Line state legislative editor | 10/14/2013

Local governments throughout Wisconsin got some good news about road funding.

Gov. Scott Walker announced that more than $104 million will be routed to the state’s 1,923 local units of government. The money will be used for funding general transportation aid, connecting highway aid and expressway policing aid.

According to a news release from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, more than $100 million from the agency will be routed to general transportation aid. Another $3 million will be allotted to municipalities entitled to receive connecting highway aids and nearly $256,000 will go to the Milwaukee County for expressway policing aids.

In 2013, local governments will share an estimated $416.6 million in reimbursements from the state transportation fund. The reimbursements help offset the costs of construction, maintenance and operation of local roads, streets and bridges.

State and federal funds are allocated for specific highway and bridge construction projects on a continuing basis. Local governments are eligible to receive state transportation fund revenues for public transit, elderly and disabled transportation, airport and harbor development.

The state’s five regions will divvy up $104.1 million for local work. The southeast region will receive $24.6 million while the southwest region will get $23.6 million. Another $19.4 million will be used in the northwestern portion of the state, and another $16.9 will be available for work in the northeast while the north central portion will get $16.2 million.

The cities that will claim the most money are Milwaukee, $5.5 million; Madison, $2.2 million; Racine, $844,000, Green Bay, $721,000; and Oshkosh, $646,000.

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