Governor Walker announces $76 Million for local bridge projects

Governor Scott Walker announced Friday that $76.4 million will go to fund 113 bridge projects statewide for the 2018-2022 Local Bridge Improvement Program cycle, according to a press release.

Governor Walker’s budget included an increase of $20 million to the Wisconsin DOT’s 2018-2019 budget specifically for the local bridge program.

“We are providing the largest increases to local road and bridge aids in 20 years,” said Governor Walker. “The Department of Transportation achieved critical savings for Wisconsin taxpayers and moved up projects. Thanks to these efforts, our dollars will go further, and that means more bridges to connect people across Wisconsin.”

The program was created to rehabilitate and replace, on a cost-shared basis, the most seriously deteriorating local bridges on the state’s local highway system and funds up to 80 percent of the eligible cost of the project.

“The department focus is on right-scoping projects,” said Secretary Dave Ross. “This means we’re going to build exactly what is needed to achieve safety and to improve the transportation infrastructure.”

A full listing of the approved projects is available on the WisDOT website.