(MADISON) – Wisconsin State Senator Patty Schachtner (D-Somerset), ranking member of the Senate Committee on Local Government, Small Business, Tourism, and Workforce Development, announced $132.8 million in upcoming transportation projects scheduled for construction in northwestern Wisconsin counties. 

“Wisconsin commuters, farmers, and businesses want us to fix the roads,” said Senator Patty Schachtner (D-Somerset). “These investments will improve public safety, reduce vehicle repair costs, and ensure that businesses can transport their products without worrying about detours or delays. By investing in our infrastructure, we are investing in our future.”

Construction will begin as Governor Tony Evers looks to invest in infrastructure and backfill prior project delays, cuts, and cancellations. In his budget proposal, Governor Evers announced $1.8 billion for the highway rehabilitation program and $500 million in general transportation aids to counties and municipalities. These proposals come after a 2018 Wisconsin Department of Transportation report which found that spending across every road program fell from 2011 to 2018. The report noted a 23.8 percent decline in highway improvement funding and a 13.4 percent decline in local road funding in constant 2017 dollars.

Information about individual projects are listed below:

Dunn County

Highway: I-94

Location: Between Hudson and Menomonie, from WIS 128 to 250th Street

Schedule: March 25, 2019 to November 2020

Cost: $57.5 million

 

Highway: I-94

Location: Between Hudson and Menomonie, from 250th Street to Wilson Creek

Schedule: November 2019 completion date

Cost: $30.3 million

 

St. Croix County

Highway: I-94

Location: From WIS 65 to 140th/Highland Road

Schedule: April 1, 2019 to July 2020

Cost: $17 million

 

Highway: I-94

Location: Knapp, WI, between Hudson and Baldwin

Schedule: March 28, 2019 to May 24, 2019

Cost: $28 million

 

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