Municipalities across state receive $130 million in transportation aid in fourth quarter

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MADISON, Wis. — Governor Tony Evers and the Wisconsin Department of Transportation announced today that municipalities across the state received nearly $130 million in 2021 fourth quarterly payments for General Transportation, Connecting Highway and Expressway Policing Aids.

“Working cooperatively with local governments is essential to a good transportation system that delivers all the way through the last mile,” WisDOT Secretary Craig Thompson said.

Officials said local governments received more than $505 million in general transportation aids (GTA) financial assistance to support transportation related projects in 2020, a 10% increase over calendar year 2019 allocations.

Total funding for all local programs makes up almost one-third of the state transportation budget.

The local assistance increase was part of more than $465 million in additional funding for transportation projects included in the 2019-2021 state budget, which was the largest dedication of new, ongoing revenue to the transportation fund in a generation.

In addition to the 10% GTA increase, the budget included $320 million in additional funding for the State Highway Rehabilitation program and provided $90 million in one-time funding for the Local Roads Improvement Program-Supplement grant program.