On May 12, 2009, the Wisconsin Legislature’s Joint Committee on Finance approved spending $44.5 million of Wisconsin’s stimulus funds awarded under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (“The Act”) on 32 local transportation projects to be awarded in June and July. A list of the 32 projects and the anticipated date contracts will be awarded for each can be found on the Wisconsin Legislative Fiscal Bureau’s website at http://www.legis.state.wi.us/lfb/Section1310/2009_05_12JFC_DOT.pdf, and include road and bridge projects in Adams County, Barron County, Clark County, Florence County, Fond du Lac County, Green Lake County, Lincoln County, Marathon County, Marinette County, Monroe County, Outagamie County, Portage County, Rock County, Taylor County, Waupaca County, Wood County, City of Clintonville, City of Janesville, City of Milwaukee, City of Marshfield, City of Wausau, Village of Weston, Sokaogon Chippewa (Forest County), and Wisconsin DNR (Vilas County). Bidding for the 32 projects has begun or will begin soon. Contractors interested in bidding and others involved in working on any of the 32 projects should become familiar with the eligibility and project requirements of federally-funded transportation projects, including the additional requirements of The Act.
Wisconsin has been awarded a total of $529 million for state and local transportation projects under The Act. Funds have been awarded for projects that are considered “shovel ready” and will result in the creation of new construction jobs this year and next. The Wisconsin Department of Transportation has allocated $158.7 million of Wisconsin’s total $529 million in stimulus funds to local highway and bridge projects (with $38.7 million reserved specifically for projects in the Milwaukee metropolitan area and $9.8 million in the Madison metropolitan area).
This client alert is one of a series designed to provide summaries of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 and information and guidance regarding opportunities and relief made available through The Act. All of The Act client alerts are available on Michael Best's Stimulus and Economic Recovery Team publications page. For additional information on this topic, please feel free to contact one of the authors of this alert, or your Michael Best attorney.
If you are interested in learning about other provisions included in The Act, the Michael Best Stimulus and Economic Recovery Team is prepared to assist you in understanding the implications and in developing and implementing a strategy to secure the benefits of this unprecedented legislation. Specifically, we will assist you to identify opportunities, prepare appropriate proposals and make targeted contacts to secure funds. We will also work with you to ensure that your applications are tailored to meet your needs and that your funded projects proceed in compliance with award requirements and applicable laws.