There is an argument, backed by a bill, that county highway departments can save taxpayer money if the law lets crews pick up road improvement work beyond their borders.
Published: September 12, 2011
Tags: Building Commission, CMAR, collective bargaining, Dan Fedderly, Dick Wanta, economy, Jerry Deschane, Jim Boullion, jobs, Memorial Union theater, Scott Walker, WBA, Wisconsin Builders Association, Wisconsin County Highway Association, Wisconsin Underground Contractors Association, WUCA
Construction lobbyists are looking forward to a quieter state Capitol that doesn’t force them to push their agendas to the drumbeat rhythm of a guy pounding a 5-gallon pail.
County highway commissioners are digging out from a harsh winter in the middle of July.
By Paul Snyder Wisconsin county highway commissioners, lacking federal stimulus money and local revenue, are facing the likelihood of fewer projects in 2011. “When county budgets are tight and they’re looking for ways to save money, it becomes easy to say, ‘Let’s just cut a highway project or two,’” said Bruce Stelzner, Chippewa County Highway [...]
By Paul Snyder Predicting a drain on their construction budget, Outagamie County officials are adding their voices to the chorus of boos directed at the state’s new prevailing wage law. “We don’t have the authority to say we’re not going to abide by it,” said Jim Pleuss, chairman of the county’s Legislative/Audit and Human Resources [...]
Published: March 5, 2010
Tags: Dan Fedderly, I-94, Lake Wissota Business Park, Minnesota, northwest Wisconsin, Ramberg, Stelzner, transit, Twin Cities, Wisconsin County Highway Association, Wisconsin County Highway Association Inc., Wisconsin I-94 Corridor Commission
By Sean Ryan Quick growth in northwest Wisconsin is overwhelming Interstate 94 with traffic congestion that threatens development and irks highway commissioners. The I-94 corridor between Eau Claire and the Twin Cities connects bedroom communities in Wisconsin to jobs in Minnesota. But the corridor has no public transit links. Tim Ramberg, St. Croix County highway [...]
Published: February 8, 2010
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By Sean Ryan Public works directors are cringing over a proposed state rule revision that would drain money from local road projects to support water runoff work. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is revising its runoff rule, and the proposal includes stricter runoff controls for road reconstruction projects. The DNR estimated the rule change [...]
Paul Snyder firstname.lastname@example.org If Kevin Mallum could wrap himself in lights and shine like a midnight sun on road projects, he would. “It just takes one person out of a million to hurt or kill you,” said Mallum, a member of Milwaukee Laborer’s Local 113 who worked as a foreman on the Marquette Interchange for [...]
Paul Snyder email@example.com If county highway administrators refuse to admit they are snatching work away from road builders, industry groups will force their point in the state Legislature. For now, the two sides will try to negotiate a fair split of road construction projects, giving counties the freedom to get work done and builders the [...]