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Roads expected to get worse if funding levels remain unchanged, DOT says

MADISON (WKOW) — The Wisconsin Department of Transportation estimates current funding levels will fail to meet Wisconsin’s aging infrastructure needs.

In a press release Wednesday, the DOT says it expects an increase of “the percentage of roads rated poor or worse by 50 percent over the next decade.”

The estimate comes as DOT Secretary-designee Craig Thompson is championing a proposed $320 million increase to the department’s budget put forward by Gov. Tony Evers.

“If these investments are not made and funding remains at base levels, approximately 212 projects will be delayed or removed from the state’s highway improvement program,” DOT said.

Thompson has previously told 27 News that even the proposed increases in the governor’s budget would not be enough to fix quickly deteriorating local roads. “(Would it) solve all their problems, no,” Thompson said. “It would put them at a historically high level and, if we can get the ongoing revenue that we’re proposing in this budget, it can get them on a path that would get locals on a good path.”

“Failure to provide the necessary and sustainable transportation revenues puts all these projects at risk,” said Thompson. “It is imperative we establish a forward-looking and sustainable revenue stream so that Wisconsin’s local communities and businesses can plan for their future growth.”

The state budget next goes to a vote before the Joint Finance Committee.

JT Cestkowski

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