More than $14.3 million available for local road improvements
May 5, 2014
Towns and municipalities will receive $14,365,526 in state funds to help complete town road and municipal street improvement projects around the state. Fifty-two projects will receive just more than $12.4 million through the Town Road Discretionary Improvement (TRID) program by the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT). In addition, six projects totaling more than $1.9 million in state funds will be awarded through the department’s Municipal Street Discretionary Improvement (MSID) program.
TRID provides state funds for high-cost town road improvement projects totaling $100,000 or more in eligible costs. The current state budget provides an additional $10 million for TRID-related projects. The increased funding was approved to cover high-priority improvements on roads damaged by heavy traffic and roads not designed to handle high-volume traffic. Overall, the 52 TRID projects total nearly $25 million. Meanwhile, MSID provides state funds for high-cost city and village street improvement projects totaling $250,000 or more in eligible costs. The six MSID projects total just under $4.2 million.
Both programs can provide up to 50 percent reimbursement of total eligible project costs, depending on available funds and the total amount of awards granted. Road improvements typically involve reconstruction or major resurfacing and must be designed to last at least 10 years.
Projects are selected based on recommendations from a committee whose members include representatives from the Wisconsin Towns Association, the Wisconsin Farm Bureau, the Great Lakes Timber Professionals Association and the Wisconsin Dairy Business Association.
Project construction timetables vary; however, work must be completed in five years.
For more information, contact:
Janice Watzke, WisDOT Bureau of Transit, Local Roads, Railroads and Harbors
(608) 266-9497, firstname.lastname@example.org