The Wisconsin Department of Transportation is having a tough time justifying new highway projects when highway use is down. So now they have a new tactic – denial. They simply deny that traffic is down – and they have issued a “fact sheet” to promote their view.
Read what Green Downtown Program Manager Matt Covert has to say about decking over John Nolen Drive in Madison. And check out these successful cut and cover examples: Chicago Columbus Duluth
In this issue of Landscapes: Wisconsin is Getting Grayer and Greener – Are we ready for it? Protecting the Watershed – What do codes & ordinances have to do with clean water? Green Downtown Report & Walkability Survey with Badger Volunteers. Wisconsin Roads – Built for cars – not people.
The following are examples of green infrastructure practices being promoted in Kate Morgan’s work, Prioritizing Codes and Ordinances in the Menomonee Watershed for Green Infrastructure.
The Wisconsin State Journal in a news article this week states that the state will be short $15.3 billion over the next decade” largely because more fuel-efficient vehicles, including hybrids and electric cars, are eroding state revenues from the gas tax, the largest source of state transportation funding.” These statements have been repeated by DOT officials, media publications and transportation professionals – blaming more efficient cars and electric vehicles for the precipitous fall in state transportation revenues. While this is no-doubt true, this is definitely not the main reason why fuel tax revenues are dropping.