This study suggests a new approach to solving a major portion of Wisconsin's projected $8.9 billion highway-construction shortfall over the next 25 years. This new approach involves creating a public-private partnership that would introduce toll roads to Wisconsin. Specifically, the state could solicit bids from the private sector to invest $3.1 billion in rebuilding and modernizing the rural and urban Interstate system, recovering this investment from tolls charged to users. Besides avoiding more than $3 billion in rebuilding costs, this proposal would generate several billion dollars in additional revenues to the state over a 25-year period, which could be applied to the projected shortfall and/or used to cover a portion of local roadway costs now paid for by property taxes. This study is organized as follows: Executive Summary; (I) Introduction: Wisconsin's Highways; (II) Public-Private Partnerships: A New Option; (III) Pros and Cons of Tolling and Public-Private Partnerships; (IV) Potential Private Tollways for Wisconsin; (V) Feasibility Assessment; and (VI) Next Steps.

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    Wisconsin Policy Research Institute, Incorporated

    3107 North Shepard Avenue
    Milwaukee, WI  United States  53211
  • Authors:
    • Poole Jr, R W
  • Publication Date: 1996-2


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  • Accession Number: 00723784
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 8 1996 12:00AM