WisDOT: Governor Walker announces more than $14.2 million for local road improvements
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Governor Scott Walker today announced $14,226,424 in state funds to help complete town road and municipal street improvement projects around Wisconsin. Fifty-eight projects will receive nearly $11.6 million through the Town Road Discretionary Improvement (TRID) program by the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT). In addition, eight projects totaling nearly $2.7 million in state funds will be awarded through the department’s Municipal Street Discretionary Improvement (MSID) program.
“The state is committed to its partnership with municipalities to improve roads,” said Governor Walker. “These projects are vital to public safety and the economic growth of Wisconsin.”
TRID provides state funds for high-cost town road improvement projects totaling $100,000 or more in eligible costs. The current state budget provides an additional $10 million for TRID-related projects. The increased funding was approved to cover high-priority improvements on roads damaged by heavy traffic and roads not designed to handle high-volume traffic. Overall, the 58 TRID projects total nearly $23.5 million. Meanwhile, MSID provides state funds for high-cost city and village street improvement projects totaling $250,000 or more in eligible costs. The eight MSID projects carry a nearly $7.7 million price tag.
Both programs can provide up to 50 percent reimbursement of total eligible project costs, depending on available funds and the total amount of awards granted. Road improvements typically involve reconstruction or major resurfacing and must be designed to last at least 10 years.
Projects are selected based on recommendations from statewide committees of municipal officials including the Wisconsin Towns Association, League of Wisconsin Municipalities and the Wisconsin Alliance of Cities. Project construction timetables vary; however, work must be completed in five years.