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Sep 22, 201611:18 AMTransportation Matters

with Debby Jackson

For road projects we need to ask: If not now, when?

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Currently, state funding for local transportation is actually less than it was five years ago. Many local governments are on a replacement schedule of over 200 years for roads engineered to last 30 or 40.

The transportation budget Governor Walker is touting would provide some additional funds for local government, but in order to do so simply walks away from funding the rebuild of our interstate system.

Some have argued that this is simply living within our means. It is true that we should separate our wants from our needs. Remodeling your house is a want. Replacing your furnace hopefully is not. Surely, we can’t tell existing or prospective businesses that rebuilding the rest of Wisconsin’s interstate system is a want. That would be sad.

Come next spring when our state officials are debating the state budget we need to be able to answer a very basic question when it comes to finding a sustainable funding solution for transportation: If not now, when?

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Sep 22, 2016 04:11 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

This is not uncommon for states with ultraconservatives in charge . Michigan's roads are rubble how they are raked above Wisconsin is hard to believe given what I drive on when I am there (and I am bistatial so I am there a lot) . a common thing both there and in Ohio is for local governments that are strapped for cash to not replace road signs. Spent a lot of time 2 weeks ago lost outside Cleveland because wile they have crossroads signs indicating there is a crossroad they usually do not have any sign indication what the crossroad is . The area outside Ann Arbor (Michigan's equivalent of dane County) has similar problems a road sign gets knocked down and is not replaced and roads far worse than anything I have seen here (except maybe the patched together passing lane outside epic on PD near Timber lane - imagine that type of rutted dirt road or almost dirt road being the norm for more like a mile. Old style conservatives wanted government to work more efficiently - the new generation just want it to end while they enrich themselves I the process.

Sep 30, 2016 04:33 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

"Wisconsin’s interstates are neither decorative nor frivolous. A well functioning I-94 or I-90 is not akin to getting granite countertops or adding a sunroom as some have suggested."

Indeed - expanding a I-90 or I-94 based on the assumption of no impact from autonomous vehicles on the carrying capacity of a liane-mile of highway is more like going into a battle today with equipment and training from 25 years ago.

Feb 18, 2017 04:16 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

What idiot thinks autonomous vehicles are not going to damage the roads just as much as today's regular vehicles. That is really a stupid assumption. I don't think anybody mentioned flying autonomous vehicles.

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 Debby Jackson assumed the role of executive director of the Transportation Development Association of Wisconsin after more than 15 years with the organization. In addition to her vast experience in association management and transportation advocacy, Jackson has a background in business. She leverages the breadth and depth of her professional experience, along with her knowledge of the membership and mission of TDA, to be a strong voice for robust transportation infrastructure in Wisconsin. Jackson started her career as a staff auditor with Price Waterhouse, which led to a series of accounting and corporate management positions with a major national retailer.

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