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Officials say roads ranked 4th worst in nation due to funding.

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."


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