Friday, November 16, 2007

No funding plan for I-94 project

Secretary of Transportation Frank Busalacchi and, presumably, Gov. Doyle, want to spend $1.9 billion on unneeded freeway expansion along North-South I-94 without having a clue where the money will come from:

This is from WisDOT's own press release:

The estimated cost for the reconstruction with eight lanes is $1.9 billion.

The costs will be covered with a mix of state, federal and bond funds.

"As with the Marquette Interchange, WisDOT, Governor Doyle, the Legislature and the state's Congressional delegation will continue to work together to identify the funds needed to complete the project," Busalacchi said.

Hey, Frank. Not good enough. We need to know where the money is coming from before you spend it.


Anonymous said...

And you can add another $200 million they want to spend on Highway 100 in 2013 to the where is this money coming from question.

Joe Klein said...

In light of $100/barrel oil, we should demand a no new lane option and examine the impact on traffic of funding KRM and faster Hiawatha service.

It would be worthwhile exploring with Chicago lobbying for federal funding of a high speed rail link between ORD and MKE to include termination at both downtown stations. This would make sense as part of the Chicago Olympic bid.

Of course nothing can be done with the RTA or high speed rail until we boot the rail obstructionist Walker out of the courthouse.

Anonymous said...

I agree. It was just a few short years ago that many (on both sides of the aisle) were claiming that they were not in fact against light rail, et al...Just unsure of any if it because there was "NO DEDCIATED FUNDING SOURCE". We were all left to believe that had the source (like the fountain of youth) been found then all would have been right with the world.

Here we are once again in the same position but with concrete and roads in place of rail and wheels and the funding source doesn't seem to concern anyone! Where is the right when you need them?