LA CROSSE, Wis. (WXOW) – 68 percent of Wisconsin’s state roads need a makeover, that is according to the Department Of Transportation. The DOT is proposing to raise about $600 million within the two-year Governor’s Transportation Budget.
The revenue would be coming from an 8 cent rise in gas taxes per gallon, an increase on heavy-truck registration fees, for example, semi’s and commercial trucks, and title fees for cars would go up to $10.
The second priorities would be to increase funding for transit systems and changing the busiest intersection in the state, the Zoo-Interchange down in Milwaukee.
“Safety is key at the Public Transportation, and a lot of that is based on education knowing that people shouldn’t drive drowsy, shouldn’t drive drunk, but it also has to do with the condition of our roads, and those do cause safety concerns as well. And those are one of the primary reasons we want to get this money back in and make our roads as safe as possible,” said Craig Thompson, Secretary for the Wisconsin DOT.
Thompson said this extra revenue would help locals fix their in-town and county roads.