This week, the Wisconsin DOT (WisDOT) will extend quarterly payments totaling over $99 million to local governments from the state's General Transportation Aids (GTA), Connecting Highway Aids, and Expressway Policing Aids funding programs.
For calendar year 2020, local governments will receive an estimated $521 million in financial assistance to support transportation-related projects. WisDOT says this is a 10% increase over the previous biennial budget.
“The importance of a sound transportation system is especially evident as we face the challenge of the COVID-19 public emergency,” WisDOT Secretary-designee Craig Thompson said in a statement. “The local system is the essential first and last miles, making sure that vital goods like food and medical supplies are getting to where they’re needed.”
Payments to Wisconsin’s 1,850 villages, towns, and cities include over $95 million in General Transportation Aids; over $3 million to municipalities eligible to receive Connecting Highway Aids; and $255,975 to Milwaukee County for Expressway Policing Aids.
General Transportation Aids help cover the costs of constructing, maintaining, and operating roads and streets under local jurisdiction. Connecting Highway Aids reimburse municipalities for maintenance and traffic control of certain state highways within municipalities.
SOURCE: Wisconsin DOT