By Paul Schmitt
The state of Wisconsin is facing double the cost of major road projects from the time they are planned until the time they are actually built. According to the state Department of Transportation’s (DOT) sweeping audit, the costs of building nineteen projects in the state between 2006 and 2015 was over $750 million more than anticipated due to the DOT not factoring in the effects of inflation, as reported by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. 1st District Representative Joel Kitchens in an interview with DoorCountyDailyNews.com last month said that the state and assembly have its work cut out for them in financing roads in the future.
In December, then state Transportation Secretary Mark Gottlieb told lawmakers that more than 40 percent of State and U.S. highways will be deemed in poor condition within the next ten years if Wisconsin does not find the funding or answers soon.