Belknap Project May be Put on Hold by State Budget Cuts
Wisconsin Highway Budget Cut by 800 Million
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A main Superior thoroughfare may not be getting a much needed facelift after budget cuts in Madison.
Belknap Street in Superior is also a Wisconsin and U.S. Highway, meaning that major work (such as reconstruction)on the road is funded by the state.
Wisconsin governor Scott Walker recently proposed budgeting more than 1.3 billion dollars for road construction projects but saw that number cut to 500 Million by the legislature.
According to Superior mayor Bruce Hagen, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation requires around 800 million to cover road projects each year; 300 million more than what’s been budgeted.
Hagen said that lack of funding will leave the Belknap project competing for funds with major projects in Milwaukee.
Belknap was last reconstructed in 1986.
Hagen said during that rebuild, workers failed to place drainage tile under the roadway.
That lack of drainage tile has left the roadway “floating” causing the road to deteriorate more rapidly than expected.
Hagen said Superior will continue to patch Belknap St., but without State funding the road will continue to crumble.