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Shilling Praises Investments in Local Road Projects

Gov. Evers Announces Grant assistance that includes Portland Township


March 11, 2020

The floods that ravaged local valleys and roads two years ago are still on the minds of area residents and township officials as clean up seems, too often, to be a never-ending battle. Roads are still in need of repair and the future of flood control in the valleys in and around Portland and Jefferson Townships remains in question. But there does seem to be some help on the way to help with at least part of the process of piecing things back together.

Governor Tony Evers announced last week that Portland Townships will be receiving a total of just under $1 million to help fund road repairs.

The Town of Portland will be receiving $327,263 for bridge repairs on Oakland Road.

“A strong, safe and reliable transportation network is critical for boosting economic development and creating good-paying jobs,” said Senator Jennifer Shilling (D-La Crosse). “It’s great to see Governor Evers is ensuring these grants are being invested right here in western Wisconsin where back-to-back summers of significant flooding have severely impacted local roads and bridges.”

The grants are part of a broader investment by the State to help with the recent impact of flooding. Governor Tony Evers announced last week that 152 local communities will receive grant funding through the Multimodal Local Supplement (MLS) program. The program pays up to 90% of total eligible costs with local governments providing a minimum of 10% cost share. Funds are used for projects statewide related to roads, bridges, bicycle and pedestrian accommodations, railroads and harbors. La Crosse, Vernon and Monroe Counties were included in the list of grant recipients.


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