WAUSAU, Wis. (WSAW) – The bipartisan infrastructure bill, still pending approval by U.S. lawmakers, would provide more than $ 500 billion in federal funding for infrastructure projects statewide. Wisconsin could receive more than $ 5 billion from this funding.
Former president of the Wisconsin chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers, Kenneth Mika, said the state could benefit from the infrastructure bill.
“Wisconsin currently has an estimated $ 13 billion in transportation infrastructure deficits over the next ten years and with the bill,” Mika explained. “The state would receive approximately $ 5.5 billion over five years for roads, bridges and other transportation projects.”
According to the American Road and Transportation Builders Association, nearly seven percent of the state’s 14,000 bridges are structurally deficient.
Mika explains that the state Department of Transportation has done everything possible to prevent this.
“This is not to say that for roads and other programs that the DOT and other state and local leaders are not trying to provide us with the appropriate amount of infrastructure,” Mika said. “But the point is, they don’t have the funding mechanisms provided to them.”
Mika said last year that the state received a “C” grade for infrastructure. He said that means the state’s roads and waterways are adequate for now, but not enough for the future.
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