Rep. Loudenbeck: Joint Finance Committee approves additional transportation funding

CONTACT: Rep. Amy Loudenbeck
Rep.Loudenbeck@legis.wi.gov
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Madison – Today, Rep. Amy Loudenbeck (R-Clinton) voted to support a variety of additional transportation funding in a Joint Committee on Finance hearing.

The Department of Transportation recently announced that Wisconsin was awarded a $160 million federal grant for the I-94 North-South project. In addition, Wisconsin was awarded $67.4 million more in federal highway aid funds than initially anticipated.

The additional federal highway aid funds will be directed as follows:

$22.0 million in additional funding to Southeast Wisconsin Freeway Megaprojects Program
$6.7 million in additional funding for the State Highway Rehabilitation Program
$38.6 million in additional funding for the Local Bridge Improvement Program
Total bridge program funding of $125.3 for the 2017-2019 biennium represents a 90% increase over the 2015-2017 biennium and ensures that every qualified bridge project application received by DOT will be funded

“Today, we again took positive steps to address transportation infrastructure. The additional funding that we approved today will help to restore and replace bridges and critical infrastructure across the state, including the Town of Sharon Bridge in Walworth County which is currently closed,” said Loudenbeck

“I strongly believe Wisconsin must formulate an adequate, sustainable, and equitable transportation funding system in order to ensure we are meeting all of our infrastructure obligations. I remain committed to working with stakeholders on a long-term funding solution,” added Loudenbeck.

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