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Wisconsin Local Governments Receive Almost $130M in Quarterly Transportation Aid

MADISON, WI — Wisconsin communities recently received $129,698,460 in transportation funding payments, the last quarterly payments for 2020. For calendar year 2020, local governments received more than $505 million in general transportation aids (GTA) financial assistance to support transportation related projects — a 10 percent increase over calendar year 2019 allocations.

“Fixing our roads and making sure folks can get from A to B or get products to market starts with ensuring our counties, towns, and municipalities have the resources they need to serve our communities and maintain our local roads,” Governor Tony Evers said. “I’m proud we made funding for local roads a priority in our last budget, so Wisconsinites can stay connected and get to work, school, the doctor, or wherever they need to go safely.”

The local assistance increase is part of more than $465 million in new funding for transportation projects included in the 2019-2020 state budget, the largest dedication of new, ongoing revenue to the transportation fund in a generation. In addition to the 10 percent GTA increase, the budget included $320 million in new funding for the State Highway Rehabilitation program and provided $90 million in one-time funding for the Local Roads Improvement Program-Supplement grant program.

“Our local roads are a crucial element of the state’s transportation system,” said Craig Thompson, Wisconsin Department of Transportation Secretary-Designee. “These roads represent the first mile of a farmer’s shipment of crops, or the last mile of a family’s vacation trip. That’s why Wisconsin’s entire transportation system depends on the condition of its local infrastructure.”

The fourth quarter payments to Wisconsin’s 1,922 villages, towns, cities, and counties included:

  • $126,426,608.49 in General Transportation Aids
  • $3,015,876.10 in Connecting Highway Aids to 117 eligible municipalities
  • $255,975.00 in Expressway Policing Aids to Milwaukee County

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