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Focus on Southwest Wisconsin: I-39/90 project backers turn up the heat

By Susan Lampert Smith Special to The Daily Reporter On bad days, Interstate 39/90 from the Illinois border north to Madison can resemble a snake that swallowed a watermelon. To the south, in Illinois, the highway is a smooth-flowing six ...

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State’s major road projects, including I-39/90 expansion, back in play (UPDATE)

By Joe Lanane The resurrection of the state’s Transportation Projects Commission is reviving the debate between those who want money for road maintenance and the backers of new construction. State Assembly Speaker Mike Sheridan, D-Janesville, who will help select TPC ...

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Skepticism mixes with enthusiasm over 120-year concrete recipe

By Sean Ryan Road builders question the practicality of concrete that could last 120 years and significantly cut the industry‘s workload. Materials researchers have found ways to extend pavement life to more than a century. Konstantin Sobolev, a University of ...

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Lawmaker pushes for I-39/90 project money (UPDATE)

By Darryl Enriquez State Assembly Speaker Mike Sheridan, D-Janesville, said he wants money for the planned $1.02 billion expansion of Interstate 39/90 from the Illinois border to Madison approved before Gov. Jim Doyle leaves office this fall. If the money ...

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Tolls return as road building solution

By Paul Snyder A coalition of state organizations wants tolls to pay for road construction. But recommendations and reports are not enough to drum up legislative support. “I’d want to see the plans for where they would go and how ...

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Builders rally against gas tax for carbon research

By Sean Ryan A proposal to use a federal gasoline tax increase to pay for carbon-emissions research is frustrating builder associations that want the money for highway construction. “Ultimately, we have very limited opportunities to make the investment that everybody ...

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Time running short for contractor liability bill

By Paul Snyder Time is running out in this legislative session for a bill that would change Wisconsin’s contractor liability law. Subcontractors vow to keep pushing for passage, but the bill is trapped in a Senate committee and has a ...

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Lawmaker joins push for I-39/90 expansion

By Paul Snyder Wisconsin Assembly Speaker Mike Sheridan, D-Janesville, is lining up with a coalition pushing for expansion of Interstate 39/90 between Madison and the Illinois border. But getting the project on the state’s construction calendar may require approval from ...

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Jobs bill roadblock threatens highway projects

By Paul Snyder Contractors are waiting for Congress to make a move after lawmakers failed to pass a bill extending financing for highway construction that left projects suspended throughout the country. The bill would prevent an $11.1 billion reduction in ...

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