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Gov. Evers announces $160 M in transportation aid for local governments


MADISON (WKOW) -- Gov. Tony Evers says more than $160 million will go toward transportation aid for local governments.

The governor and Wisconsin Department of Transportation Secretary-designee Craig Thompson said it will be part of the 2019 to 2021 biennial budget.

Local governments are expected to get quarterly payments totaling $160,249,246 for General Transportation Aids, Connecting Highway Aids and Expressway Policing Aids from the WisDOT.

"Funding for local roads is an important part of economic development in our state, whether it’s getting to work or school or transporting goods to market—an investment in infrastructure is an investment in our state’s economy for years to come,” said Gov. Tony Evers.

Officials said the General Transportation Aids help cover the costs of constructing, maintaining, and operating roads and streets under local jurisdiction.

For calendar year 2020, local governments will receive more than $505 million in general transportation aids financial assistance to support transportation related projects. This is a ten percent increase over calendar year 2019 allocations.  In addition, $2.5 million also was allocated to towns that are limited by the 85 percent of three-year average cost limitations under the general transportation aids program. 

Payments to Wisconsin’s 1,850 villages, towns, and cities include:

- $156,977,397 in General Transportation Aids;

- $3,015,875 to municipalities eligible to receive Connecting Highway Aids; and

- 255,975 to Milwaukee County for Expressway Policing Aids.

The news release said quarterly payments for cities, towns, and villages are sent the first Monday in January, April, July, and October. County payments are made in three installments, with 25 percent of the total annual payment on the first Monday in January; 50 percent on the first Monday in July; and 25 percent on the first Monday in October.

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