ROOT — The state is preparing to distribute federal transportation funds, and the city is looking to have a piece of the pie.
John Rooney, Commissioner of Public Works, appeared before the Finance and Personnel Committee on Tuesday seeking approval to move forward with more than $11 million in road and bridge repair grant applications of Root.
The grant application deadline was Thursday, but approval announcements will be made in July.
The federal Bipartisan Infrastructure Act signed last November provides $1.2 trillion in spending to strengthen the nation’s infrastructure while aiming to increase family-supporting jobs. The funds were distributed to the states, which would then be responsible for distributing the money to the municipalities.
The funds are intended to allow Wisconsin to significantly increase spending on roads and bridges.
Spending on statewide bridges is expected to increase from $42.9 million in 2023 to $87.9 million in 2026, and spending on highway projects over the same period will increase from $72 million. to $138 million, a total increase of 96.6%.
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The city’s proposals included five road projects and two bridge projects:
- $2.7 million for the construction of Ohio Street (Washington to Graceland avenues). The City game would be $875,520.
- $1.7 million for the rehabilitation of Memorial Drive (from Durand Avenue to south of 17th Street). The town match would be $500,000.
- $860,000 for the reconstruction of Goold Street (Blake Avenues in Douglas). The town match would be $425,000.
- $2.7 million for the reconstruction of Lathrop Avenue (Republic Avenue to 13th Street). The City match would be $1.25 million.
- $1.5 million for reconstruction of Mount Pleasant Street (Rapids Drive to Romayne Avenue). The town match would be $575,000.
- $400,000 for the rehabilitation of the Sixth Street Bridge (over Howe Street). The town match would be $80,000.
- $1.5 million for the rehabilitation of the Sixth Street Bridge over the Root River between Mound Avenue and Root Street.
The match will be funded by a capital improvement program appropriation 2023-32.