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State facing $700M transportation shortfall

Northbound traffic on Interstate 94 passes through Racine County at sunrise Dec. 30 in Caledonia. State officials are lobbying federal lawmakers to lift a ban on the collection of tolls on existing interstate lanes. (Staff photos by Kevin Harnack)

Northbound traffic on Interstate 94 passes through Racine County recently. The state’s transportation budget is projected to fall short by as much as $700 million by 2017. (File photo by Kevin Harnack)

JANESVILLE, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Scott Walker is looking for new ways to fund a state transportation budget that is projected to fall short by as much as $700 million by 2017.

The Janesville Gazette reports Walker was in Rock County on Tuesday for a Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. board meeting.

The Republican governor says a project to widen Interstate 90 from the Illinois border to Madison is still a priority despite the projected shortfall.

But Department of Transportation Secretary Matt Gottlieb said it is possible the $950 million project could be delayed if funding isn’t found soon.

Walker called the current method of relying on gas taxes for revenue unsustainable because cars are becoming more fuel efficient. He said his administration is looking at tax reforms to fund the department going forward.

Information from: The Janesville Gazette, http://www.gazetteextra.com

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