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Committee approves road projects

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Gazette staff and Associated Press
March 19, 2009
— The Legislature’s budget committee has unanimously approved Gov. Jim Doyle’s request to spend federal stimulus money on 49 road projects, including two local projects.

The $42.5 million would cover local road, bridge and transportation projects across Wisconsin. Among the projects are:


-- The County A bridge over Blackhawk Creek between Janesville and Johnstown Center. The small bridge will be replaced with paved-over culverts at a cost of about $150,000, possibly this fall, said Ben Coopman, Rock County public works director.


-- County C/Martin Street from Stateline Road to Pleasant Street in Sharon.


Four Republicans joined 12 Democrats on the committee in approving the spending Tuesday.


Doyle was required to get the committee’s OK before spending the stimulus money. The funds will go toward 19 bridge projects and 30 other transportation projects.


Wisconsin received about $158 million under the federal law for local roads projects. The Legislature has already given the green light to spend about $300 million in stimulus money on state transportation projects.



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