Wisconsin communities receive more than $99M for transportation projects

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Municipalities across Wisconsin received more than $99 million in the second quarterly payments for 2021 for General Transportation, Connecting Highway, and Expressway Policing Aids.

Milwaukee County received $255,975 in Expressway Policing Aids, 116 cities shared $3.02 million in Connecting Highway Aids, and cities, villages, and towns shared $95.9 million in General Transportation Aids.

Connecting Highway Aids reimburse municipalities for maintenance and traffic control of certain state highways, while General Transportation Aids help cover the costs of constructing, maintaining, and operating roads and streets.

Counties receive 25 percent of the total annual payment in January, 50 percent in July, and 25 percent in October. Cities, towns, and villages receive quarterly payments in January, April, July, and October.

“The work we do with local governments across the state keeps goods and services moving throughout Wisconsin,” Craig Thompson, Wisconsin Department of Transportation secretary-designee, said. “Cooperatively, we are committed to investing wisely and working hard together to come up with good transportation solutions that support economic development and our quality of life.”

Local governments received more than $505 million in general transportation aids in 2020. This was a 10 percent increase from 2019’s allocations.

Local programs comprise nearly one-third of the state transportation budget.