Target 2 Investigates: WI DOT says no cuts were made in federal funding for local roads

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GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) -- In a Target 2 Investigates follow up on Monday, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation answered a question Action 2 News posed last week when it comes to federal funding for local transportation funding.

Last week during Brown County’s Planning Commission meeting, there was some confusion over federal funding for local Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPO’s) rely on when it comes to transportation projects.

The Surface Transportation Program that MPO’s take advantage of every year is money that comes from the Federal Highway Administration. It filters through the Wisconsin DOT and then comes to local programs.

At the meeting last week, there seemed to be a year of funding that wasn’t accounted for, leaving some confused.

So Target 2 wanted to know: Did the program go from a 5-year program to a 4-year program, in essence leaving local MPO’s without a year of planned funding?

On Thursday, Target 2 asked the DOT about the funding and on Monday Target 2 got a statement from them.

Christian Schneider, Director of Public Affairs for the DOT, wrote, “It is untrue that any cut has been made to the Surface Transit Program (STP). The $46.1 million, which has been made available to local governments each year since 2014, was made available in 2018, and will continue.”

According to the DOT, it was an accounting change that led to the confusion. Although it is a 5-year planning cycle, it is looked at every two years so there may have been some overlap in the counting of years of funding.

There are still some questions Target 2 has about the statement and what this apparent miscommunication has on local transportation projects.

Action 2 News will continue to follow up on this story.



 
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