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I Agree With Tim Carpenter

Posted by Chris Liebenthal on September 6, 2010

From Milwaukee News Buzz:

Work on a proposed $1 billion expansion of Interstate 39-90 running from Madison south to the Illinois border wouldn’t get underway until at least 2015, but state officials are already planning in earnest. That’s prompted State Senator Tim Carpenter (D-Milwaukee) to object to the project. He says the money would be better spent on local roads.

“We have to rethink relentless freeway expansions made at the expense of our local infrastructure,” he says. The infrastructure in Milwaukee sorely needs the funding. Milwaukee Ald. Bob Bauman, a former transportation consultant, estimates that $200 million would be sufficient to resurface the 21 percent of city streets found to be in “poor condition” by a 2008 audit, according to a February story in Milwaukee Magazine.

Instead of floundering around on senseless talking points like the right does when they say the money for high speed rail should be diverted, let’s do something that we do have control over.


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