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Committee adopts parts of WisDOT deficit plan

A worker carries wood for a concrete pour at the Greenfield Avenue/Highway 59 bridge work site in West Allis on April 23. The $15 million project to reconstruct the bridge over Interstate 894/U.S. Highway 45 is tied to the Zoo Interchange reconstruction. Transportation officials have proposed delaying road work to balance a looming deficit in the state's transportation fund. (Staff photo by Kevin Harnack)

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Legislature’s budget committee has adopted parts of the state Department of Transportation’s plan to close a $63.5 million deficit in the state’s roads fund.

WisDOT’s proposal would revise Gov. Scott Walker’s executive budget to delay segments of Milwaukee-area freeway reconstruction, cut money for highway projects and cut local road aids.

The Republican-controlled committee worked around the edges of the deficit Tuesday, adopting parts of WisDOT’s plan that call for reducing money for congestion mitigation and scaling back the state’s contract with Amtrak to run a Milwaukee-to-Chicago passenger rail line to reflect cost re-estimates.

The committee also deleted budget provisions that would have added nearly 30 more State Patrol inspectors and safety investigators.

Committee leaders say they’ll deal with the rest of the shortfall in the coming weeks.

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