Pocan Urges Gov. Walker to Hold Special Session to Fund Wisconsin’s Infrastructure
Washington, D.C - U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan (WI-02) urges Gov. Walker to call a special session to address Wisconsin’s crumbling infrastructure after the Department of Transportation announced the Verona Road construction project will be delayed due to transportation funding cuts in the state’s budget. Phase two of construction, previously scheduled for 2016 and 2017, is now delayed until 2019 and 2020; the road will not be completed until 2021. This comes after the July 2015 release of a Department of Transportation State by State Ranking, listing Wisconsin as the third worst state in the nation for highway infrastructure.
“Once again, Governor Walker’s budget fails to provide critical investment in programs that matter most to the people of Wisconsin. Building safe roads is a basic function of good government. Unfortunately, the state of Wisconsin can’t seem to do even that,” said Rep. Pocan. “Wisconsin is rated third worst in the nation for highway infrastructure with a staggering 71 percent of Wisconsin’s roads in poor or mediocre condition. Now important construction projects are being delayed. Cleary, Wisconsin is doing something wrong.”
“Wisconsin’s infrastructure is being compromised due to budget cuts on the state level and exacerbated by Republicans in Washington who refuse to address a long-term plan for the Highway Trust Fund,” continued Rep. Pocan. “We cannot continue to jeopardize our public safety by failing to provide adequate funds for transportation projects. It is inexcusable that much-needed transportation investments are being delayed. The people of Wisconsin deserve better.”
In 2014, Rep. Pocan visited both the Verona Road and I-90 transportation project sites and participated in a transportation roundtable that took place adjacent to I-90 near Edgerton and included U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx.
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