Municipalities receive more than $132 million in quarterly state transportation aid

For the Tomahawk Leader

WISCONSIN – Governor Tony Evers and the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) earlier this month announced that municipalities across the state received more than $132 million in the first quarterly payments for 2022 for General Transportation, Connecting Highway, and Expressway Policing Aids.

For calendar year 2022, local governments will receive more than $505 million in general transportation aids (GTA) financial assistance to support transportation related projects, a 2% increase over calendar year 2021 allocations, a release from WisDOT said. GTA and other WisDOT Local Programs combined make up almost one third of the state transportation budget.

“The work we do with local governments is essential to an efficient and resilient transportation network that delivers from the first to the last mile,” WisDOT Secretary Craig Thompson stated. “Thank you to all the local government officials who work together with us to make good investments that improve safety, economic opportunity, and quality of life.”

The first quarter payments, made on Jan. 3, totaled $132,266,966.99 and included:

  • General Transportation Aids – $128,955,117.60 to local units of government
  • Connecting Highway Aids – $3,015,874.39 in CHA to 116 eligible municipalities
  • Expressway Policing Aids – $255,975.00 to Milwaukee County

General Transportation Aids help cover the costs of constructing, maintaining, and operating roads and streets under local jurisdiction. Connecting Highway Aids reimburse municipalities for maintenance and traffic control of certain state highways within municipalities.

Quarterly payments for cities, villages, and towns are sent the first Monday in January, April, July, and October. County payments are made in three installments, with 25 percent of the total annual payment on the first Monday in January; 50 percent on the first Monday in July; and 25 percent on the first Monday in October.

Local aid data

Municipality                        GTA                              Connecting Highway Aids

Lincoln County                  $310,458.17

Oneida County                 $288,343.79

Price County                      $168,690.19

Vilas County                      $252,026.82

City of Tomahawk           $63,761.15                                           $7,280.87

City of Merrill                    $207,256.13                                        $26,339.38

City of Rhinelander        $203,926.02

Town of Birch                    $17,234.69

Town of Bradley               $52,849.21

Town of Cassian               $60,637.51

Town of Corning              $65,034.35

Town of Harding              $22,674.55

Town of Harrison             $39,075.57

Town of Hazelhurst        $33,720.27

Town of Hill                       $21,139.68

Town of King                     $23,183.94

Town of Knox                    $24,825.68

Town of Little Rice          $30,891.82

Town of Lynne                  $54,129.39

Town of Merrill                  $44,732.48

Town of Nokomis            $35,583.57

Town of Ogema                $39,256.54

Town of Pine River         $43,445.60

Town of Rock Falls          $25,120.97

Town of Russell                $27,540.57

Town of Schley                 $36,039.34

Town of Scott                    $28,540.38

Town of Skanawan          $15,931.84

Town of Somo                   $13,988.11

Town of Spirit                $20,402.41

Town of Tomahawk     $23,746.95

Town of Wilson             $16,513.51

Data courtesy of WisDOT.

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