Two Columbia County Bridge Projects Receive State Funds

(Lodi) Two bridge projects in Columbia County have received state funds. The Wisconsin Department of Transportation and Governor Tony Evers recently announced nearly $15-million-dollars in grants and loans for five freight rail projects worth an estimated $24.4-million.

The projects are intended to enhance safety by replacing timber bridges, improving crossings, and allowing emergency vehicle access. The Wisconsin and Southern Railroad was awarded roughly $620-thousand-dollars in grants to rehabilitate two bridges located near Lodi. The money comprises 80-percent of the $773-thousand-dollar total project cost.

Evers says these freight rail projects are an investment in a critical part of Wisconsin’s supply chain. He says modern and efficient freight rail makes communities safer and the whole transportation infrastructure stronger.

Last year, Evers signed the 2021-23 biennial budget which provided $20-million for the Wisconsin Freight Railroad Preservation program.