Wisconsin DOT Sends $108M Payment to Local Governments for Project Needs
MILWAUKEE, WI The Wisconsin Department of Transportation distributed more than $108 million this month to local governments, the last in this year's periodic payments under three programs to help communities pay for infrastructure and operations.
Gov. Scott Walker announced that the payments to Wisconsin's 1,924 local units of government included $104,905,192 in General Transportation Aids, $3,015,876 to municipalities entitled to receive Connecting Highway Aids and $255,975 to Milwaukee County for Expressway Policing Aids.
Payments under the General Transportation Aids programs help defray costs of building, 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.
For calendar year 2016, the announcement said, local governments shared an estimated $419 million from the state transportation fund for local roads and bridges, along with the Expressway Policing Aids payments to the Milwaukee County Sheriff Department for patrol of Milwaukee expressways.
WisDOT makes quarterly payments to cities, towns and villages the first Mondays in January, April, July and October. It makes county payments in three installments with 25 percent of the total annual payment on the first Monday in January, 50 percent on the first Monday in July and 25 percent on the first Monday in October.
Besides the three aid programs listed above, local Wisconsin government units are eligible for state transportation fund revenues for public transit, elderly and disabled transportation, and for airport and harbor development. Local communities may also receive state and federal funds for specific highway and bridge construction projects.