Doyle Orders Local Roads Plowed

By: Paige Lambrecht
By: Paige Lambrecht

Recent budget cuts caused the State Department of Transportation to announce limited plowing hours and less plows on the road this winter, but just a few days ago they got a reprieve.

That's because Gov. Doyle has ordered counties to plow the roads like they normally would. Doyle's asked the legislature to work with the DOT, and find the money to make that happen.

Rep. Jerry Petrowkski says that money will probably come from one of two places.

"Either by allowing the secretary to have the discretion of moving funds within the department, or we're going to have to find new dollars from the GPR or someplace else."

Glenn Speich is with the Marathon County Highway Department.

"It does make a significant difference now to where we can react to what we think is the best investment of time and money."

Speich says Doyle's intervention was needed, but only temporarily solves the problem.

"Are they gonna put the money back and say well, lay all them guys off in the summer, just don't do any summer work if you want to do winter? I don't know where this is gonna shake itself out yet. If we don't get any investment of time and additional money, then we're gonna have a personnel issue come summer."

Everyone involved with this issue says what it comes down to right now is public safety. They don't want budget cuts to be the reason for more highway deaths this winter.


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