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Road, bridge money checks are in the mail

Gov. Jim Doyle announced on Tuesday that checks in the amount of $133.7 million for General Transportation Aids, Connecting Highway Aids, and Expressway Policing Aids have been sent to local governments throughout Wisconsin.

The July payments from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation include $130,422,517 in General Transportation Aids to 1,922 local units of government; $3,015,875 million to 121 municipalities for Connecting Highway Aids; and $255,975 to Milwaukee County for Expressway Policing Aids.

This year, local governments will share an estimated $429 million from the state transportation fund to build and maintain local roads and bridges, and in Expressway Policing Aids that support the Milwaukee County Sheriff Department’s patrol of Milwaukee expressways. Quarterly payments for towns, cities and villages in 2010 are sent the first Monday in January, April, July, and October.

County payments are made in three installments, with 25 percent of the total annual payment on the first Monday in January, 50 percent on the first Monday in July, and 25 percent on the first Monday in October.

General Transportation Aids help defray the costs of constructing, maintaining, and operating roads and streets under local jurisdiction. Connecting Highway Aids reimburse municipalities for maintenance and traffic control of certain state highways within municipalities.

State and federal funds will also be allocated for specific highway and bridge construction projects, according to a press release from WisDOT.


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