Press Release: Gov. Evers, WisDOT Announce More Than $138 Million in Quarterly Aid Payments for Local Roads and Communities

Office of Governor Tony Evers
Gov. Evers, WisDOT Announce More Than $138 Million in Quarterly Aid Payments for Local Roads and Communities
MADISON — Gov. Tony Evers, together with the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT), today announced that municipalities across the state received more than $138 million in the first quarterly payments for 2024 for General Transportation, Connecting Highway, and Expressway Policing Aids.

“Since Day One, our administration has been working to make sure Wisconsin’s infrastructure is ready to meet the needs of a 21st-century workforce and a 21st-century economy. Last year alone, we improved over 900 miles of road and over 200 bridges, and we’re getting right back to work in 2024,” said Gov. Evers. “We will continue building on this positive momentum to help ensure students, families, workers, and products can get from point A to point B safely and efficiently.”

For calendar year 2024, local governments will receive more than $536 million in General Transportation Aids financial assistance to support transportation-related projects, a two percent increase over calendar year 2023 allocations provided by the 2023-25 biennial budget signed by Gov. Evers. Total funding for all local programs makes up almost one-third of the state transportation budget.

“Since Gov. Evers took office, WisDOT has improved 7,424 miles of road and 1,780 bridges, and our Local Program invests in every part of the state,” said WisDOT Secretary Craig Thompson. “A good transportation network depends on the first and last mile, and we appreciate working with the many municipal leaders across the state to deliver infrastructure improvements.”

The first
 quarter payments, made in January, totaled $138,679,668.93 and included:

  • General Transportation Aids - $134,164,869.44 to local units of government;
  • Connecting Highway Aids - $4,258,824.49 to 116 eligible municipalities; and
  • 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. Expressway Policing Aids help the Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Department with the costs of patrolling expressways within the county.

Quarterly payments for cities, villages, and towns are sent on 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.

A complete list of the first quarter aid payments is available here.
An online version of this release is available here.