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A Republican state legislator from Northeastern Wisconsin is attempting to block funding for LED lights that would cast a lovely bluish sheen across the Hoan Bridge, once its $278 million reconstruction is complete. “Once again, taxpayers are paying for aesthetics while more urgent projects are waitlisted,” State Rep. Jim Steineke (R-Kaukauna) said in a statement. […]

A Republican state legislator from Northeastern Wisconsin is attempting to block funding for LED lights that would cast a lovely bluish sheen across the Hoan Bridge, once its $278 million reconstruction is complete.

“Once again, taxpayers are paying for aesthetics while more urgent projects are waitlisted,” State Rep. Jim Steineke (R-Kaukauna) said in a statement. “With transportation dollars as scarce as they are right now, there is no way that the state should be spending nearly $1 million on decorative lights for a bridge in Milwaukee.”

Earlier this month, Steineke proposed an amendment to the state budget that would prevent the state Department of Transportation from adding landscaping and other decorative flourishes to projects. He says local governments should pony up the dough.

The Highway 41 project in Brown and Winnebago counties includes plenty of funding for landscaping and wrought-iron fencing, according to the Associated Press. Kaukauna is located midway between these areas in Outagamie County.

BizTimes reported on the LED lighting plans last week and today quotes another Assembly Republican, State Rep. John Jagler (R-Watertown) who is upset: “It is staggering to me that projects in (my) Assembly district are being delayed because of a lack of funding while up to a million dollars is being allocated to make the Hoan Bridge pretty.”


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