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Transportation Projects Commission likely to reconvene this winter

Heavy trucks travel Interstate 43 near Grafton on July 17. Plans to rebuild and add lanes to this stretch of highway were approved by Wisconsin’s Transportation Projects Commission in 2014. That commission, which is required to approved major-highway plans before they can be added to state statute, is planning to meet in December for the first time in five years. (Photo by Kevin Harnack)

A commission called on to study some of Wisconsin's largest road projects may meet this winter for the first time in five years, a step that could lead to the addition of new highway projects to the state's to-do list.

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LOBBY TALLY: Industry spends less trying to influence lawmakers during latest budget session

Even as lawmakers inked a wide-ranging transportation plan and briefly considered prevailing wages and other divisive policies earlier this year, they found themselves being lobbied far less than in previous years by construction-industry groups.

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Design-build in Republican transportation plan (UPDATE)

Traffic passes in July through a section of Interstate 94 that’s being rebuilt near Mount Pleasant. Republican lawmakers on Wednesday began circulating about a dozen bills dealing with transportation matters. Among other things, the proposals would allow design-build delivery on state projects. Also, rather than increasing the state’s gas tax, the legislation would have a certain amount of the taxes now collected on sales of vehicles and automotive parts set aside for the state’s transportation fund. (File photo by Kevin Harnack)

Wisconsin Republicans scrapped Gov. Tony Evers’ transportation budget Thursday and replaced it with a plan that would pay for road work using a combination of title- and registration-fee increases, an infusion of general tax dollars and new borrowing. The proposal also would allow the design-build delivery system to be tested out and make various other far-reaching changes to transportation policy.

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Wisconsin to kick in $27M to settle cost overruns on St. Croix Crossing project

The $626 million St. Croix Crossing was among the notable projects completed in 2017. The new mile-long bridge opened to traffic in August. (File photo: Bill Klotz)

The state of Wisconsin may be stuck with a $27 million tab to cover cost overruns on the St. Croix Crossing project — and that’s just part of a settlement that could be eventually twice that much or more, according ...

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