Beloit to receive nearly $13 million for road projects

The City of Beloit and Ho-Chunk Nation plan to combine federal and local dollars for...
The City of Beloit and Ho-Chunk Nation plan to combine federal and local dollars for renovations of Willowbrook Road.(City of Beloit)
Published: Aug. 10, 2022 at 11:24 AM CDT
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MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) - The City of Beloit is set to receive more than $13 million from the federal government that when combined with matching local dollars will help the city and the Ho-Chunk Nation brace for the effects of a future hotel and casino.

A large chunk of the $27 million in combined planned spending will go towards renovating Willowbrook Road, from Milwaukee Road to the Illinois border. In addition to building a new bridge and other improvements on that road, the city plans to create more accommodations for bicycles and pedestrians there, as well as near Colley Road and Gateway Boulevard.

“As we developed the plans for our project with Beloit, we saw the need for safe and efficient roads around Willowbrook and Colley,” Ho-Chunk Nation Vice President Karena Thundercloud. “The RAISE grant helps the Ho-Chunk Nation and Beloit offer safe routes for our community and visitors, whether by car, bus, or bicycle.”

The entire local half of the project funds will be supplied by Ho-Chunk Nation, the city explained.

The City of Beloit and Ho-Chunk Nation plan to combine federal and local dollars for...
The City of Beloit and Ho-Chunk Nation plan to combine federal and local dollars for renovations of Willowbrook Road.(City of Beloit)

Beloit will receive more than a third of the $31 million being distributed in this round of grants from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s RAISE Grant Funding, Sen. Tammy Baldwin’s office explained when announcing the distributions.

“Our infrastructure is the backbone of our economy, and Wisconsin’s transportation system will be strengthened with this federal funding,” said Senator Baldwin. “Bringing this federal funding home to Wisconsin delivers more results for communities across our state.”

The other three multi-million-dollar grants listed by Baldwin’s office include nearly $10 million for Forest Co. and the Potowatomi Community that will help build a walking and biking path along U.S. 8, as well as another half-mile on at the FCPC Government complex and an ATV-only trail.

Sheboygan will get more than five million dollars for a shared-use swing bridge that spans the Sheboygan River and will be used solely for non-motorized travel. The final approximately $3 million will go to the Oneida Nation for work on the Oneida Transit bus garage.

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