(Madison, WI) State Senator Sheila Harsdorf (R - River Falls) announced today that the State Senate passed legislation with bipartisan support that would clear the way for the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WISDOT) to secure funding for Wisconsin's share of a new St. Croix River Crossing upon action by Congress authorizing a new bridge. Language included in the state's last two-year budget bill limited the ability of WISDOT to fund the construction of the project. Harsdorf authored Senate Bill 26 to remove that barrier and allow the Department to fund the crossing upon federal approval.
“Today's action is one more critical step towards making a new bridge a reality," said Harsdorf. "This new crossing is a vital part of our regional infrastructure system that will be a benefit to local commerce, provide for safe transportation for motorists and ensure critical access to emergency services.”
The bill now goes to the State Assembly for approval and must then be signed into law by the governor.
“I am hopeful that this legislation will receive prompt action by the State Assembly and be sent to the governor for his signature. I am encouraged by and commend our federal elected officials for their bipartisan efforts in obtaining the federal exemption needed for the St. Croix River Crossing to move forward."