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Governor Walker approves nearly $285,000 in county forest road aid

March 18, 2014

Governor Scott Walker announced today that $284,700 in state funds will help 24 Wisconsin counties maintain and improve public roads in county forests.

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) administers the state’s County Forest Road Aids program. The 2014 fiscal year funding will help improve more than 900 miles of public roads within county forests. Marinette County, with nearly 225 miles of eligible county forest roads, will receive the largest payment of more than $70,350.

To qualify for the state funding, roads must meet minimum design standards of a 16 foot surface width and a 20 foot roadway width; be located within county forests; be open and used for travel; and cannot be town roads, county or state highways.

County Forest Road Aids are separate from the larger General Transportation Aids (GTA) program. GTA returns funding to local governments from state-collected transportation revenues (fuel taxes and vehicle registration fees), helping offset the cost of county and municipal road construction, maintenance, traffic and other transportation-related costs.

Counties and the amount of County Forest Road Aids being distributed are listed below.

County
Eligible
Miles
Prorated
County Forest
Road Aids
Ashland
4.45
$1,396.67
Bayfield
37.97
$11,917.16
Burnett
35.16
$11,035.22
Chippewa
18.12
$5,687.10
Clark
45.98
$14,431.16
Douglas
97.23
$30,516.35
Eau Claire
17.94
$5,630.60
Florence
32.97
$10,347.88
Iron
47.57
$14,930.19
Jackson
8.68
$2,724.28
Juneau
5.59
$1,754.46
Langlade
7.67
$2,407.29
Lincoln
27.25
$8,552.61
Marathon
6.48
$2,033.80
Marinette
224.16
$70,354.26
Oconto
36.83
$11,559.37
Oneida
37.46
$11,757.10
Polk
7.61
$2,388.45
Price
15.12
$4,745.52
Rusk
20.8
$6,528.23
Taylor
17.36
$5,448.56
Vilas
48.43
$15,200.11
Washburn
95.86
$30,086.37
Wood
10.41
$3,267.25
Totals
907.1
$284,700.00
 

For more information, contact:
Janice Watzke, WisDOT County Forest Road Aids manager
(608) 266-9497, janice.watzke@dot.wi.gov

 

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