Billions of fresh dollars for more lanes across the I-system in SE Wisconsin, and the imbalance in state highway spending shows up in a sagging Green Bay bridge.
The Journal Sentinel just the other day noted that Walker signed a budget that cut millions from state highway and bridge maintenance funding:
The state has struggled for a while now with how to pay for new capacity while properly maintaining current infrastructure. Gov. Scott Walker maintained the state's $32.8 million local bridge assistance program, which funds 80% of repairs on municipal bridges, in the last state budget.
But the budget did cut $51 million from the state highway rehabilitation program, which funds highway and interstate repairs, including bridge work, over the next two fiscal years. That may have been short-sighted.