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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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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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