Yesterday, Governor Evers announced that 152 Wisconsin communities will receive grant awards from the Multimodal Local Supplement (MLS), which is a one-time $75 million funding program for local transportation projects. Statewide, 84 towns, 34 cities and villages, and 34 counties will receive funding from the program.
The Governor was joined by Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) Secretary-designee for this announcement in Brown County near County Highway M. Through the MLS program, County Highway M will be receiving $1 million towards widening and improving the road, and adding sidewalks, bike lanes, and a controlled pedestrian crossing.
The MLS program was designed to allow communities to prioritize their transportation needs and submit projects ranging from roads and bridges to harbors and railroads, to transit equipment and pedestrian and bicycle accommodations.
Over 1,600 applications were received, largely for road projects. Local government officials attributed the large number of applications both to the need and to the streamlined application design of the MLS program.