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Thompson: WisDOT still coming to terms with COVID-19 aftermath

Vehicles travel the Beltline Highway on Madison’s southwest side in July 2018. State officials continue to look for ways to raise money to pay for needed road projects throughout the state. (File photo by Kevin Harnack)

Wisconsin Department of Transportation Secretary-designee Craig Thompson said Friday that he and his colleagues are intent on maintaining the states’ existing infrastructure as it becomes clear how COVID-19 has already begun changing travel patterns for the long term. Thompson’s remarks ...

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Panel calls for restarting study of rebuilding I-39/90 between Madison, Wisconsin Dells

Traffic passes through Madison on Interstate 94/90/39 in March 2016. (File photo by Kevin Harnack)

A state highway-planning panel on Tuesday recommended building interstate bridges over the Wisconsin River and a stretch of U.S. Highway 51 in Dane County while ending studies of two other projects.

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ON THE LEVEL: At WTDA, Jackson sees coronavirus putting stress on already strained transportation system

Debby Jackson

As is true for so many aspects of modern life, the coronavirus pandemic hasn’t so much revealed weaknesses in the state’s transportation as made long-recognized faults even more apparent.

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ON THE LEVEL: McGowan reflects on contract negotiations, budget shortfalls amid pandemic

Terry McGowan

Terry McGowan doesn't expect COVID-19 — and it's many ripple effects on Wisconsin's construction industry — to subside any time soon. The president and business manager of Wisconsin's largest construction union, the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 139, said his members have adapted quickly amid a spate of job site restrictions aimed at keeping Wisconsin's essential construction crews safe at work.

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