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Engineering firm Kapur acquires Schneider Consultants

Milwaukee-based Kapur & Associates Inc. this month acquired Schneider Consultants Inc., Rothschild.

Kapur, which has 120 employees in five offices, will have some of its engineering staff work with the Schneider office. Schneider will continue to operate under its company name as a division of Kapur & Associates.

Kapur officially closed the deal with Schneider on July 6.

A written statement attributed to Kapur President Ramesh Kapur said the acquisition will let the company expand its engineering consulting business to municipalities in central Wisconsin.

WisDOT collecting comments on 2030 plan for transportation

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation in August will hold five public hearings to collect reactions to its 20-year development plan.

The Connections 2030 plan sets state policy goals for roads, trains, transit, airports and waterways. The plan includes recommendations to improve local roads and highways, promote rail projects for freight and passenger trains, and to improve waterways, such as the locks and dams on the Mississippi River, to improve freight traffic.

WisDOT on Friday began collecting public comments on its final draft of the Connections 2030 plan. The department on Monday announced five public hearings: Aug. 11 in Milwaukee, Aug. 12 in Madison, Aug.13 hearing in Appleton, Aug. 19 in Stevens Point and Aug. 20 in Eau Claire.

The state will collect public comments on the Connections plan until Aug. 31.

Madison breaks ground on city’s first stimulus-backed project

Madison Mayor Dave Cieslewicz and Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis., broke ground Monday on the city’s first project to be paid for with federal stimulus money.

The city received $2.7 million as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to build an overpass, which will help complete the Starkweather Creek bicycle path. The overpass will take riders over the four-lane intersection at Aberg Avenue and connect to the existing path on East Washington Avenue.
Plain-based Edward Kraemer & Sons Inc. will serve as general contractor on the project.

Eau Claire, Appleton get $3.5 million to improve transit systems

Eau Claire (AP) — The cities of Eau Claire and Appleton will receive $3.5 million in federal money to improve their transit systems.

Eau Claire will get $2 million to buy diesel-fuel vehicles and five replacement buses.

Appleton’s $1.5 million is for items including three hybrid electrical buses, passenger shelters and route signs.

The grants are provided through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

Wisconsin gets federal money to restore lake trees near Eau Claire

Madison (AP) — The federal government is giving state officials and conservationists $15,000 to restore trees in the Eau Claire Chain of Lakes in northern Wisconsin.

The money will go to the Fish Sticks project, which restores trees in shallow areas of the lakes. The project involves local conservation and homeowner groups as well as the state Department of Natural Resources.

The Fish Sticks project is part of the Glacial Lakes Habitat Restoration Partnership, an organization dedicated to protecting fish in glacial lakes.

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