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Wisconsin adds $38.6M to Statewide Bridge Replacement Program

One June 14 Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker announced an additional $38.6 million will go to fund an additional 70 local bridge projects statewide for the 2018-2022 Local Bridge Improvement Program cycle, which brings total funding up to $115 million.

Those bridges are in addition to 113 bridges that previously received $76.4 million in funding via this program cycle, Gov. Walker noted in a statement.

"We are making sure our infrastructure is safely and efficiently connecting people and commerce in every corner of our state," he said. "Wwisdot-inside.jpgith $38.6 million in additional funding, we are helping improve 70 more bridges on top of the 113 we are already funding. This is part of the largest increase in local road and bridge aid in 20 years."

The local bridge program has also adopted a "replace-in-kind" policy, where emphasis is placed on a safe and effective bridge on the existing bridge footprint, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation noted.

"The program helps finance projects that replace the existing structure, with necessary adjustments made for current standards, safety, and other factors. Local funds may be used for enhancement beyond that scope based on local priorities," the agency added.

A full listing of the approved statewide local bridge projects is available on the WisDOT website.

Questions regarding this article may be directed to editor@aashtojournal.org.

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