State’s policy shift means local governments pay more for bridge replacements

The Wisconsin DOT and Gov. Scott Walker are praising a new policy they say will help replace more aging bridges around the state. But county highway officials say they are seeing their costs increase by hundreds of thousands of dollars, with Wisconsin taxpayers footing a bigger share of the bill. > Wisconsin Public Radio

Dem governor candidates call for more road funding, back higher gas taxes

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The eight Democrats running for governor called Friday for investing more in the state’s roads, with all eight saying they supported putting in place automatic annual increases in the 32.9-cent-per-gallon gas tax. Many of them also called for other increases to help pay for highways, local roads and bus systems. > Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Dems seek to use road-funding plans as tool in governor race

Wisconsin Democrats are hitting the road the next two months in a bid to make road-funding projects a major issue in this fall’s gubernatorial campaign. Party leaders began the effort in Green Bay on Friday. > Wisconsin Public Radio

Northern, Western Wisconsin residents have dismal view of roads in latest poll

People in northern and western Wisconsin have a particularly dim view of local roads, according to the latest survey from Marquette University. The poll found 66 percent of voters in northern and western Wisconsin said roads there are either in fair or poor condition. In southern Wisconsin, the numbers were more evenly split. > Wisconsin Public Radio

Reasons why fascinating election year looms for Wisconsin

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Wisconsin voters, now it gets interesting. Republicans ended Democrats’ three-win run by holding onto the 42nd Assembly District. Billboards blaming the governor for vehicle-damaging “Scottholes” have popped up along major highways. And any #metoo revolution in this election year could help 13 female Democrats who are challenging incumbent Republican Assemblymen in November. > Janesville Gazette

Lawmaker debate pits I-94 upgrades near Foxconn site against road projects elsewhere

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This week’s legislative debate over how to spend $67 million in federal funds offered a glimpse of how Wisconsin Democrats may critique Republican lawmakers’ records on the 2018 campaign trail. > Wisconsin State Journal

Local group takes aim at Walker by renaming potholes ‘Scott-holes’

One organization is putting a political twist on Wisconsin’s road condition problem, naming potholes after Gov. Scott Walker. “Safe Transportation Over Politics” (STOP) has coined the term “Scott-holes” and is using billboards and websites to raise awareness on how transportation money is spent. > ABC 27 Madison