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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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Biden cabinet: Buttigieg urges big spending on transportation

Transportation Secretary nominee Pete Buttigieg speaks during a Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill on Thursday in Washington. (Ken Cedeno/Pool via AP)

President Joe Biden's nominee for secretary of transportation, Pete Buttigieg, was headed down a smooth path to quick confirmation, pledging to senators on Thursday to work with them to carry out the administration's ambitious goal of rebuilding the country's infrastructure.

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COVID-relief bill has $10B to help state DOTs offset pandemic-related shortfalls

Rush-hour traffic travels Interstate 94 through Menomonee in June 2019. The $900 billion pandemic-relief bill passed by Congress on Monday contains $10 billion to help state transportation departments offset losses of revenue they’ve suffered amid the COVID-10 pandemic. Ever since much of the economy was shut down to slow the spread of the coronavirus, and many people told to work from home, vehicles miles traveled have plummeted in Wisconsin and other states. In Wisconsin, the resulting decline in gas taxes and other revenue sources is expected to result in a $215.8 million shortfall in the state’s next biennial budget. (File photo by Kevin Harnack)

The massive COVID-19 relief bill passed by Congress on Monday promises to help Wisconsin's transportation fund cope revenue shortfalls brought on by the pandemic even as it provides tax relief to businesses that took out a Paycheck Protection loan earlier this year.

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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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