Legislators ask for rail money to repair Hoan Bridge (UPDATE)
The bridge recently required attention to catch falling debris and Sinicki and Plale have asked for $250 million to be diverted from the more than $800 million Wisconsin received to build high-speed rail between Milwaukee and Madison, Sinicki said.
“I don’t think it’s going to kill the high-speed rail project, but it’s going to delay it,” she said. “But we’ve waited 15 years for that. I think we can wait a couple more years. Frankly, I think this is a much higher priority.
“Chunks are coming off the bridge, and people are worried,” Sinicki added. “We don’t want another situation like what happened in Minnesota.”
In 2007, the I-35 bridge in Minneapolis collapsed, killing 13 people.
Sinicki also said the lack of available transportation money means the state needs to discuss new forms of transportation financing when it returns to session in January.
“We need to shore up our budgets that support infrastructure,” she said.
The legislators sent the letter to U.S. Sen. Herb Kohl, Congresswoman Gwen Moore and Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee Dave Obey.