Wisconsin Transportation Commission to Meet for First Time in Five Years

A Wisconsin transportation panel tasked with overseeing major highway projects is scheduled to meet for the first time in five years next month.

The 15-person commission, which has only convened six times in the last two decades and includes legislative members who have never attended a meeting, last assembled on Dec. 1, 2014.

But Gov. Tony Evers announced Tuesday the Transportation Projects Commission will meet again on Dec. 6 in the state Capitol — a gathering that will include three new citizen members appointed by the governor.

Evers said the meeting would give the body, tasked with approving major road plans for study and signing off on their enumeration for construction, an opportunity to review the status of key projects. 

“The state budget we approved earlier this year includes long-overdue investments in our comprehensive transportation system,” he said in a statement. “The TPC serves a vital role in fostering stronger communication between the state legislature, transportation stakeholders and the public about major highway projects.”

The only project that’s been enumerated without the commission’s recommendations was Interstate 41 between Appleton and Green Bay, which was included in the budget, according to the Department of Transportation.