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Monday - September 10, 2018 9:25 am

Where is La Crosse's missing road money?

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Things have suddenly gotten rather confusing concerning road money in Wisconsin. Somehow, the state can’t seem to account for millions of dollars in federal road funding. At issue is what is called Service Transportation Block Grants. This is money designated by the federal government for road projects which is funneled through the Department of Transportation to local communities throughout the state. But millions of those dollars never made it to local communities. Statewide, cities and towns are still waiting for $45 million allocated by the federal government for road projects in Wisconsin. And no one can seem to explain where that money went. La Crosse is due to receive more than $800,000 of this federal money that never arrived. Lawmakers are demanding an investigation into the missing money. Meanwhile, the state Transportation Department has yet to explain the missing money. The agency says it is working on a response. It better be a good one. La Crosse and many other cities in the state are struggling with cuts to local road funding. Our roads and bridges are crumbling, and the state hasn’t developed a sustainable road funding formula. Now those in charge of our roads can’t even seem to keep track of $45 million that would go a long way to help fix our roads.

Scott Robert Shaw

Scott Robert Shaw is the Program Director for both 1410 WIZM and 580 WKTY.   He's currently the morning news anchor on 1410 WIZM, Z93 and 95-7 The Rock.  He joined Mid-West Family Broadcasting as a reporter/anchor in 1989 and served as News Director from 1990-2015.   He's been the winner of several Wisconsin Broadcaster's Association awards for Best Editorial in Wisconsin.  He enjoys traveling, bicycling and cooking.

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