Pocan Blasts Gov. Walker for Again Delaying Verona Road Project
MADISON, WI. – U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan (WI-02) released the following statement after Governor Walker unveiled his 2017-2019 transportation budget request, which would further delay major road expansions including the Verona Road construction project. This is the second time the Verona Road project has been delayed. Previously, construction was scheduled for 2016 and 2017, but was delayed until 2019 and 2020 due to budgetary shortfalls.
“Yet again, Gov. Walker’s budget plan fails to fund critical infrastructure in our state including our roads and bridges,” Rep. Mark Pocan said. “With 71 percent of the state’s roads being rated in poor or mediocre condition, it is absolutely unacceptable that major transportation investments continue to be delayed. This is costing Wisconsin jobs and putting the livelihoods of Wisconsinites at risk. Gov. Walker has once again decided to put his personal ambitions and rigid right-wing ideology ahead of the public safety and prosperity of people across the state.”
According to a troubling 2015 U.S. Department of Transportation report, a staggering 71 percent of Wisconsin’s roads are rated as being in poor or mediocre condition. This ranks Wisconsin in the bottom four states for road conditions in the country.