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The U.S. Department of Transportation announced yesterday that travel on Wisconsin roads in April increased 2% over the same month last year, continuing a string of consecutive month-over-month VMT increases on the state system. With the unemployment rate near record lows, worker incomes on the rise and low oil prices, travel de...

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Under the no new revenue transportation budget being pushed by Governor Walker, the I-90/39 project between Beloit and Madison could see its completion date delayed from 2022 to 2024.  This delay would be on the heels of the project completion date being moved from 2021 to 2022 based on the current state transportation budget. ...

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WFRV-TV in Green Bay recently did a piece highlighting the TDA’s Just Fix It Campaign and referencing the By The Numbers Report released in May by TRIP and TDA.  The story highlighted the frustration of local residents with road conditions and directed viewers to the TDA Just Fix It website.  Click here to see the whole ...

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The 4th Circuit Court decided that the North Carolina Department of Transportation did not ignore federal law when they decided to move forward on an $838 million highway bypass.  The decision is a significant blow to conservation/environmental groups that had been fighting the project for years.  The decision is also potentia...

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State Representative Ed Brooks (R-Reedsburg) started a ‘Fix Our Roads’ petition this week.  Rep. Brooks petition urges Governor Walker to work with the Legislature to find a solution for paying for our roads.  Click here to see the petition.

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Assembly Speaker Robin Vos sat down with the WisconsinEye TV network at last weekend’s state GOP Convention, saying he is hopeful that additional revenue for transportation can be secured in the next state budget. “In the long run, it is not more conservative to borrow and spend than it is to raise the revenues and s...

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Swedish retailer IKEA announced May 5th that it will build its first Wisconsin store in Oak Creek near the new Drexel Avenue interchange with I-94 — a 295,000 square foot store that will employ 250.  Oak Creek and IKEA officials were quick to point out that the I-94 infrastructure improvements were the catalyst for the d...

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National transportation research group TRIP releases Wisconsin “By the Numbers” report.  Key findings:  42% of Wisconsin roads are in “mediocre to poor” condition, costing state motorists $6 billion a year in wasted time and fuel, extra vehicle operating costs and financial losses due to accidents.  Wi...

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The State of California has announced a program that will study the feasibility and impact of implementing a per-mile road fee system.  The state is looking for 5,000 volunteers this summer to participate in the 9 month “California Road Charge Pilot Program”.  The per-mile fee will be studied as a possible alternat...

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In a report titled “It’s Time for States to Invest in Infrastructure,” the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities this week noted that Wisconsin had the 7th highest decline in state and local infrastructure spending as a share of gross domestic product between 2002-2013.  It notes that state and local spending...

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Much to the chagrin of environmentalists and other anti-road/car groups, vehicle miles traveled (VMT) grew in October 2015 compared to October 2014 by 2.4%.  In addition, cumulative travel for the year increased by 3.4%. Taking advantage of the most recent Great Recession, these groups used the decline in VMT at the time to co...

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On January 14th, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service issued final rules providing protections to the long-eared bat through the Endangered Species Act.  The final regulations provide protection for the bats in their ‘critical habitat’.  Thanks to the efforts of the American Road & Transportation Builders Assoc...

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Our national association, the American Road and Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA), has just released a comprehensive analysis of the recently enacted Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act).  The analysis includes information ranging from funding levels for the federal highway program to changes f...

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The urgency for the contingency bonding was highlighted at yesterday’s WTBA Fall Meeting as WisDOT outlined the projected lets and quantities for the current fiscal year. Lets are projected to fall from $1.148 billion last year (FY 15) to a projected range of $1.06 – $1.09 billion this year. This range does not inclu...

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WisDOT this week formally requested the Legislature’s Joint Finance Committee approve the first $200 million in contingency bonding that has been the subject of WTBA’s letter-writing campaign for the past few weeks. Joint Finance could meet as early as next week to vote on the request, which is subject to a 14-day &#...

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The City of Sheboygan may institute a $20 wheel tax on vehicles registered in the city to help repair streets. City Councilor Darryl Carlson said this week that while he opposes tax increases on principle, he didn’t see any way in which to fix the city streets without an increase in revenue. He added that at least the whee...

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Here is the text of a construction related news story. I am just writing to take up space to demonstrate articles on the home page of our new website. This is where a couple of the blog articles will show up, so it is best to associate a picture with each article to make them stand out. The reader will click the continue link to...

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A report by the Federal Highway Administration  this week showed that travel on Wisconsin roads in June 2015 was 3.9% higher than the same month of 2014.  It was the sixth consecutive month of increased vehicle miles of travel across the country and state. The country saw an increase of 3.9 percent in road and street travel la...

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Wisconsin’s gas tax is at its lowest percentage in nearly 30 years when compared to the actual price at the pump paid by motorists. After examining the percent that the state gas tax comprises of the retail price of fuel, taxes account for an increasingly lower burden of the annual cost to drive. The state gas tax, which h...

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