Increased Funding for Highway Rehabilitation

On February 11th, the State Assembly passed AB 704 on a unanimous 99-0 vote and sent the bill to the Senate. The bill, and companion Senate Bill 539, was introduced by Legislative leadership at the request of Governor Scott Walker.

The legislation would increase funding for the state highway rehabilitation program by $43,025,700 this year and would expedite work on 11 projects, moving other projects up in line.

The 11 projects expected to be funded under the proposal are located in Brown, Calumet, Door, Douglas, Langlade, Lincoln, Monroe, Outagamie, Sauk, Taylor and Walworth Counties and variously relate to maintenance preservation, resurfacing, pavement rehabilitation or bridge rehabilitation work.

Upon passage, the Assembly bill was sent to the Senate and referred to the Joint Finance Committee. On February 19th, the joint committee passed both companion bills (AB 704 and SB 539) by a unanimous vote of 16-0. In the Senate, the bill was passed unanimously. The bill now awaits Governor Scott Walker’s signature.