By Paul Schmitt
With Wisconsin facing potential issues in the funding of state roads in the future, lawmakers are looking at an open road tollway as a solution. According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald told county leaders the state would be able to get matching money from a federal transportation package being pushed in President Donald Trump infrastructure plan. First District Representative Joel Kitchens says tollways could be an option but he would have to look into it more carefully.
Kitchens says that tollways would ideally be placed at the state’s border and need approval by the federal government.
Kitchens predicts a multi-faceted approach will be done in addressing the future funding of state roads. Part of the current problem faced by the state, according to Kitchens, is that gas tax increases over the years did not keep up with the cost of inflation when the index was taken off by the previous administration.