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The APW Quarterly Newsletter is a 10+ page, advertising-supported publication featuring commentary from the association president, current events, legislative and regulatory updates, and association news. It is published in February, May, August, and November.

Past Issues:

2016


2015


2014

  • Thursday, July 28, 2016 12:46 PM | Anonymous

    The co-chairman of the state’s powerful budget-writing committee called on Gov. Scott Walker this week to consider finding ways to raise revenue for the state’s transportation budget, which will suffer from a $939 million shortfall in the next biennium, according to the latest estimates.

    Rep. John Nygren, R-Marinette, proposed lawmakers and Walker consider raising the state’s gas tax or create a toll road system to shore up the state’s funding for roads that has been subsidized with borrowing for years.

    But Walker on Wednesday stood firm in his long-held opposition to raising taxes or imposing fees to help pay for road projects — putting him at odds with leaders in his own party who have implored the governor to consider finding new revenue.

    A Legislative Fiscal Bureau memo released this week at Nygren’s request says the state needs to find $939 million for the 2017-19 budget to keep funding at the same level as what lawmakers passed in the current state budget.


    http://host.madison.com/wsj/news/local/govt-and-politics/state-faces-nearly-b-shortfall-in-road-funding/article_2c096284-d35e-56ff-b53e-305ec3080c25.html


  • Monday, July 25, 2016 5:00 PM | Anonymous

    Mike Hesse knows the roads of Farmington, La Crosse County’s largest town at 76 square miles, like he knows his farm, which has been in his family for a century. He has to know them. Hesse is in his sixth term as Farmington town chairman, and making sure the town’s 40 miles of roadway are taken care of is a big part of his job.


    Farmington’s roads include the route between West Salem and Mindoro that runs over Phillips Ridge through the historic Mindoro Cut, the second deepest such cut made by hand in the Western Hemisphere. Further east, Wanlass Road runs across Wanlass Hill, the highest point in the county (the broadcasting tower for the county’s emergency service providers sits atop that hill).


    Some town roads only serve a few homes or even a single farm. Syverson Road, for example, is a steep, 12-foot-wide, quarter-mile-long thoroughfare near Wanlass Road that seems more like a driveway than a road, serving only two homes and ending in one resident’s yard, where chickens, dogs and other barnyard animals roam. The entrance to Syverson Road off Hwy. EE is at such a sharp angle that most vehicles couldn’t negotiate a right turn onto the road and can only make a right turn out.


    http://lacrossetribune.com/news/local/looming-crisis-stagnant-state-transportation-funding-leaves-municipal-roads-in/article_7aa3d6e8-84cd-5f87-9183-6226f9f29815.html


  • Tuesday, June 14, 2016 3:03 PM | Anonymous

    In response to recent comments made by State Assembly Majority Leader Jim Steineke regarding the state’s transportation shortfall, the executive directors of the three largest local governmental associations have released the following statement about this critical topic:

     

    According to the American Society of Civil Engineers Wisconsin ranks 48 out of 50 states in terms of the roughness of our roads.

     

    “If our state is to be successful, our private sector needs to be successful.  One of the primary components of a successful private sector is a high functioning and well maintained transportation infrastructure,” said Mark O’Connell, executive director of the Wisconsin Counties Association.  “We commend our legislative leaders who understand the critical role transportation plays and the need to step forward and fund it responsibly.”

     

    Wisconsin's combined gas tax and registration fees cost the average driver $23 a month which is significantly lower than any of our neighbors in the Midwest. (Minnesota is $42 a month Iowa is $41 and Michigan will be $34 starting next year.)


    To view a copy of this press release in its entirety, please click here.


  • Thursday, June 02, 2016 4:47 PM | Anonymous

    Madison — Wisconsin's roads likely will face longer delays before they get repaired.

    Gov. Scott Walker told reporters Thursday he would not support hiking taxes or fees to pay for highways unless corresponding cuts are made elsewhere in the state budget. He also said he didn't want to rely too much on borrowing for roads — an idea that his fellow Republicans who control the Legislature already are reluctant to do.

    If he sticks by those stances, ongoing projects would likely take longer to complete and planned ones would take longer to get started because collections of gas taxes and registration fees have been stagnant in recent years.


    To view the complete article, please click here.  

  • Monday, April 11, 2016 10:33 AM | Anonymous

    Road builders: 9-percent of Wisconsin bridges "structurally deficient"

    WSAU, April 11, 2016

     

     

    The head of a state road-building organization says a new report highlights the need to change how the Wisconsin funds highway and bridge repairs. The study by a national transportation group found about nine-percent of the bridges in Wisconsin rate as structurally deficient...which means one or more sections are in poor or worse condition.

     

    Wisconsin Transportation Development Association president Jerry Derr says the bridges are still safe to drive over. He says many of the bridges are behind schedule for maintenance. Others are handling more daily traffic than they were designed for.

     

    Derr says the D-O-T does a good job at inspecting and prioritizing repairs...but the budget can’t keep up. He says the state needs to increase the pace of repairing or replacing bridges, which means finding new funding sources. "A band-aid approach to repairs, and putting it on the credit card no longer works," he said.

     

    Derr says solutions could include increasing gas taxes or vehicle registration fees. Governor Scott Walker said he'd consider those changes, but only if the increases were set off by cuts somewhere else in the state budget. State lawmakers sparred with the governor in the last budget cycle over bond borrowing for road projects.

     

    http://wsau.com/news/articles/2016/apr/11/road-buildings-9-percent-of-wisconsin-bridges-structurally-deficient/


  • Monday, March 14, 2016 11:18 AM | Anonymous

    From Channel 3000 News - March 8, 2016


    MADISON, Wis. -

    Chances are the streets you drive on every day could be some of the worst in the nation.

     

    A new study ranks Wisconsin as having the fourth poorest roadways in the country. City engineers and Wisconsin roadway experts agree the problem is due to funding.

    In Wisconsin, no matter where the road takes you, at some point you’ll likely end up at a pothole.

     

    Madison's Streets Department does patching and other minor repairs to help, but city engineer Rob Phillips said those Band-Aids aren't enough.

    "We've got some projects that really need to be done,” Phillips said.

     

    Phillips said the city has about 25 road projects that need to be done.

     

    "Our biggest project is on the Capital Square. Over the next two years we are doing the Capital Square,” Phillips said.

     

    Unfortunately other projects will have to wait as the city cuts the roads budget back by about $10 million, down to $25 million this year.

     

    "There are some very significant building projects that need to be constructed here in the city and our roads will have to wait,” Phillips said.

     

    Currently, 25 percent of Madison’s pavement conditions are labeled poor or fair. But it’s better off than other parts of the state when you consider a nationwide study done by the American Society of Civil Engineers.

    "According to their criteria, 71 percent of our roads are either in poor or mediocre condition," said Craig Thompson, the executive director of the Wisconsin Transportation and Development Association said. "There were only three states that were worse than us."


  • Friday, March 20, 2015 9:32 AM | Anonymous

    APW's board has been alerted to an ordinance created by the town of Deerfield that would significantly impact local aggregate producers' operations.  These types of ordinances have been ever-increasing throughout the state and addressing this issue has become the biggest legislative priority for APW.


    As a result, the APW board has decided to host a legislative day later this year in an attempt to educate legislators as to the effects these types of ordinances have on operations.  It is imperative that there is a good turn-out for this event, and the board encourages all members to participate.


    To view a copy of the town of Deerfield's latest ordinance, please click here.  Stay tuned for future news relating to the upcoming legislative day.

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