The Obama administration will make nearly half a billion dollars in unspent highway funds available to states that promise to use the money to create jobs and improve transportation.
A group of state transportation leaders is wrestling with how to raise money to maintain, fix and expand Wisconsin’s aging, ailing network.
Wisconsin’s Transportation Policy and Finance Commission began grappling with a formidable question Wednesday: How to use contracting state funds to maintain, fix and expand the state’s highway network — not to mention local roads, railroads, airports, and bicycle paths?
A bill that Republican leaders were promoting as the centerpiece of their job-creation agenda has instead turned into one of their biggest headaches, thanks largely to tea party conservatives who want to get the federal government out of transportation programs and hand them over to the states.
By Joan Lowy Associated Press Washington — A Senate panel cleared legislation Wednesday overhauling federal highway programs, prompting lawmakers to talk of a looming bipartisan consensus that would end years of stalemate on repairing and expanding an aging transportation network. In a rare show of bipartisanship, 18 members of the Senate Environment and Public Works [...]
By Joan Lowy Associated Press Washington — Bills necessary to avoid shutdowns of federal transportation and aviation programs are high on Congress’ to-do list when it returns to work next week. President Barack Obama says as many as 1 million jobs are at risk without action. Both the White House and House Republicans signaled last [...]
County highway commissioners are digging out from a harsh winter in the middle of July.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Gov. Mark Dayton is outlining a four-year plan to sink nearly $400 million into improvements for deteriorating state highways. Dayton and Transportation Commissioner Tom Sorel announced the “Better Roads for a Better Minnesota” program Tuesday. Dayton said existing state and federal money and already authorized bonds will pay for the [...]
By Marie Rohde
Wisconsin is losing ground in highway performance and cost-effectiveness, according to the most recent Reason Foundation Annual Highway Report.
Published: April 1, 2010
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By Jeannine Aversa AP Economics Writer Washington — U.S. builders cut back on new projects at a faster-than-expected pace in February and drove down construction spending to the lowest level in eight years. It was a fresh sign that the troubled real-estate market remains a sore spot for the economic recovery. The Commerce Department reported [...]