WISPIRG’s tenacity finally convinced the Legislature to audit the state’s transportation planning methods. The report is due this spring.
Driven by an administration that is in thrall to the road-building lobby while starving transit, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation gins up color-coded, buzzword-laden data and despair about what it calls increasing major highway congestion – – motorists’ inability to enjoy “free flowing” fantasy-land traffic conditions in or near Milwaukee and Madison which, to be honest, larger cities would kill for.
MKE as a talking point.
Via WisEye YouTube.
“November 2, 2015 For immediate release:Unfunded Road Construction ….There is no plan in place to pay the money back, so just like Washington D.C politicians, some in Madison think that putting this debt on future taxpayers is the route to go. Currently, the vast majority of road construction is paid through vehicle related fees and…
The Walkerites cannot say “no” to borrowing for the road-builders – –
Scott Walker asks lawmakers for $200 million more borrowing for roads
Gottlieb tells me the consultant the DOT is hiring will look at tolling. Putting widespread tolling would require federal and state approval
— Patrick Marley (@patrickdmarley) October 15, 2015
Gottlieb says DOT will eventually ask for $200 million in bonding from Joint Finance Committee to limit delays on major roadwork.
— Patrick Marley (@patrickdmarley) October 15, 2015
“Anyone else sensing this transportation issue is really hampering the Republicans? How else do you explain Gov Walker and the rest of the GOP crew at the Capitol constantly trying to talk their way out of the mess they caused with their “split the baby” solution in the state budget, which had the remarkable double-whammy…
Madison — The state Department of Transportation is delaying five major road projects for at least two years because it doesn’t have the money for the work under the state budget crafted by Gov. Scott Walker and his fellow Republicans in the Legislature.
The delays could end up being much longer because legislators for years have been unable to come up with ways to find new revenue for highways.
“Looking into the details a little more, Wisconsin spends below the average for maintenance – $17,816 per mile as compared to a weighted average of $26,079 per mile. But Wisconsin spends 50% more than the weighted average on administrative costs per mile ($15,709 compared to $10,579) and 42% more for new roads and bridges ($122,272…
We’ve noted on this blog here, and here the degradation of local roads as Walker’s budgets starve municipalities of revenue, but yesterday on a warm, but by no means blistering spring day on the regional ‘freeway’ system north of Milwaukee built and maintained by the state, there were monster potholes damaging vehicles and shutting down traffic that were monsters….
“Fix-it-First” has been the mantra from 1000 Friends of Wisconsin for years, with recent updates, though the powers-that-be ignored these sound arguments, in part because the road-builders and their elected patrons understand that there is more money to be made in pouring new concrete than patching with asphalt…. ” Via WI GOP legislators ignore reality,…
What was the purpose of the Transportation Finance and Policy Commission if not to use logic to arrive at a series of proposals to set our transportation funding policy? If there is no serious intent to use the guidance of such experts than why spend the money to study such matters in the first place?…
So here we are. Revenue increases are off the table (hopefully and thankfully). There isn’t the will to borrow to completely fill the gap. When it comes to ways to reduce the spending, the legislators are faced with a political choice. They can anger their constituents by cutting projects, or they can anger the road…
70 Opinion: 70 mph speed limit won't compromise safety http://t.co/kUa4i4FnO0 pic.twitter.com/Emoi5txA3D — Wis. State Journal (@WiStateJournal) May 6, 2015
Madison’s airfares highest among top 100 US airports ICYMI: #Madison's airfares highest among top 100 US airports http://t.co/w19Nvifuba pic.twitter.com/KPGDGgsyDR — Wis. State Journal (@WiStateJournal) April 30, 2015
Wisconsin’s roads are the third-worst in the nation and the potholes and other problems that plague them cost drivers in some cities almost twice the national average in repairs and associated costs, according to a new study of the state’s highway system. The numbers mark a dramatic decline in road quality. As recently as 11…
Via Streetcar: A statement begets a response which begets a response @ JS All Politics Blog.
Via “It’s not that expensive. We can afford it. In fact, we cannot NOT afford it” @ Althouse.
Via No Easy Answers For Transportation Funding @ Right Wisconsin.
Just because Scott Walker is paying back the road builders for all their donations by having them doing work on almost every stretch of highway in Milwaukee County and people can’t use side streets because they are in such a state of disrepair and full of potholes, who’d have thunk that there’d be traffic jams…
Via Milwaukee council approves new taxi, ride share rules @ JS Hubbub Blog.