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Wisconsin Towns Association

Jan 4, 2019

With Evers taking office, road debate rambles on

A campaign led by Tony Evers' pick to lead the Wisconsin Department of Transportation decries the state's road-funding system, and has spread to a third of all municipalities in Wisconsin.

Mar 13, 2017

Towns create gravel roads amid tight state budget

Officials in small Wisconsin towns say construction costs and budget cuts from the state government have caused them to convert their blacktop roads to gravel.

Oct 28, 2016

Squeaky towns get the grease, but unclear where road aid will come from

When town officials saw that a state budget proposal would give their counterparts in cities, villages and counties more money for roads, they felt like road kill.

Jun 30, 2015

State Supreme Court upholds wind turbine rules (UPDATE)

The Wisconsin Supreme Court has upheld a rule that puts a maximum limit on restrictions local governments can place on wind power projects.

Apr 30, 2015

Bill would help towns quickly complete road repairs

A bill to eliminate the limit towns can spend on roadwork would likely put municipalities on equal footing with other local governments and help towns deal more quickly with unforeseen road repairs.

Feb 6, 2015

Justices could strike down wind siting rule

A case pending before the state Supreme Court will determine whether the Wisconsin Public Service Commission has to go back to the drawing board on a 2012 wind siting rule.

May 6, 2014

Harsh winter straining state’s road budgets

Lawmakers’ approval of an additional $27.37 million to help counties cover increased maintenance costs associated with the recent winter has left city, town and village representatives wondering where the help is for them.

Jan 15, 2014

Bill puts focus on weak bridges

A $5 million-a-year cost estimate tied to a bridge-repair bill has not discouraged a state senator who expressed optimism Wednesday that the money can be found.

Jan 3, 2014

Dwindling road construction money prompts new interest in tolls

When Ohio officials raised the tolls collected on the state’s turnpike by 82 percent over six years, Wisconsin’s long-haul truckers found alternative routes.

Nov 13, 2013

Critics say new shore land zoning rules weaken standards

Critics of a bill concerning development near waterways say they are grateful for an amendment that would keep some of the prohibitions of shore land zoning rules in place.

Oct 24, 2013

Bill would let miners get out of road deals

A bill before state lawmakers would let mine operators send a letter to undo agreements used to pay for road damage.

May 2, 2012

State to get $14.2 million for local road improvements

Gov. Scott Walker on Wednesday announced the state will receive $14,226,424 for town road and municipal street improvement projects, according to a Wisconsin Department of Transportation news release.


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