Feds send millions to state
The omnibus federal spending bill President Bush signed last week guarantees millions of dollars for numerous projects, according to the state Department of Transportation.
Wisconsin airports are slated to receive $12.5 million for projects in Kenosha ($1 million), La Crosse ($1.5 million), Madison ($1.5 million), Merrill ($1 million), Osceola ($2 million), Rice Lake ($2 million) and Waukesha ($3 million).
The federal package provides a total of nearly $42.7 million for a variety of highway and bridge projects throughout the state, including:
- $10 million for the Marquette Interchange project in Milwaukee
- $1 million for the Claude Allouez Bridge in De Pere
- $1 million for the East Washington Avenue project in Madison
- $4 million for the Interstate 39 corridor in Wausau
- $3.8 million for Highway 32in Kenosha
- $2 million for Highway 77 in Washburn County
- $2 million for Highway 29 in Hatley
- $2 million for Highway 151 from Dickeyville to Belmont
- $2 million for Highway 53 in Eau Claire
- $2 million for Highway 2 in Ashland County
- $1.5 million for Beaser Avenue in Ashland
- $2 million for pedestrian improvements in Ashland
- $1.6 million for 11th Avenue East in Ashland
- $2 million for Highway J in Portage County
- $2 million for Seymour Cray Boulevard in Chippewa Falls
The state is also in line to receive $1 million to enhance transportation security, according to WisDOT. The spending package also includes $2.6 million to continue to upgrade elevation-surveying equipment with new GPS technology.
UDC to take effect
As of Jan. 1, under the new Home Safety Act, builders or prospective new homeowners of one- and two-family dwellings must obtain a Wisconsin Uniform Building Permit before construction from the municipality, county or state-contracted inspection agency that is enforcing the Uniform Dwelling Code, a statewide building code for new, added-to and remodeled one- and two-family dwellings built since June 1, 1980.
Gov. Jim Doyle signed the Home Safety Act in 2003 to extend UDC protection and safeguards across Wisconsin, said Department of Commerce Secretary Cory L. Nettles. Local municipalities and counties can provide information about permit, plan review and inspection requirements under the new law.
Prior to passage of the Home Safety Act, municipalities with fewer than 2,500 residents or less population could decide whether or not to provide enforcement services for the UDC.