Evers announces $132 million in transportation aid

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MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) -- Local governments are now seeing the first of the additional local road funding provided by the 2019-2021 budget.

Governor Tony Evers announced on Tuesday that local governments received quarterly payments totaling more than $132 million for General Transportation Aids, Connecting Highway Aids and Expressway Policing Aids from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, according to WisDOT.

For the 2020 calendar year, local governments will receive an estimated $521 million to offset transportation related projects. This is a ten percent increase over the last budget, according to WisDOT.

January general transportation payments to Wisconsin’s 1,922 local units of government include:

- $126,426,597 in General Transportation Aid
- $3,015,875 to 117 municipalities entitled to receive Connecting Highway Aid
- $255,975 to Milwaukee County for Expressway Policing Aid

January payments also includes $2.5 million in Supplemental Transportation Aid to 137 eligible towns, a technical fix to address a town funding formula issue, according to WisDOT.

Quarterly payments for cities, towns and villages are sent the first Monday in January, April, July and October. County payments are made in three installments, with 25 percent of the total annual payment on the first Monday in January; 50 percent on the first Monday in July; and 25 percent on the first Monday in October.

General Transportation Aid aims to help defray the costs of constructing, maintaining, and operating roads and streets under local jurisdiction. Connecting highway aid reimburses municipalities for maintenance and traffic control of local roads that connect segments of the state highway system.

Communities also receive state transportation fund revenues for public transit, elderly and disabled transportation, and airport and harbor development. Local communities may also receive state and federal funds for specific highway and bridge construction projects.

“We’re taking the first steps in providing municipalities with the additional resources they need to prioritize and complete badly needed improvements to local roadways,” Governor Evers said.

A list of local payments is available on the GTA webpage here.