A Jan. 26 review of the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) by the Legislative Audit Bureau found that the agency did not take into account inflation and design changes when estimating project cost, causing them to greatly underestimate the cost of 19 projects from 2006 – 2015, and 16 projects still ongoing as of August 2016. The audit also concluded that road conditions in Wisconsin have steadily worsened and are falling well behind road conditions in other states. Read More>>

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton (D) included a 10 cents-per-gallon gas tax increase, higher vehicle registration fees, and a metro-area sales tax increase in his Jan. 24 budget proposal. Read More>>

An Oregon legislative analysis released Feb. 1 found that the state department of transportation, cities and counties require an extra $1.3 billion annually to preserve roads and bridges, ease congestion, and expand public transportation. Read More>>

A Tennessee House Republican proposal to utilize 0.25 percent of the existing state sales tax for transportation projects was unveiled Feb. 1. Senate leaders expressed skepticism that the legislation would adequately fund transportation without jeopardizing the state’s general fund. Read More>>

The South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) on Jan. 26 launched an interactive map that will enable residents to track every road and bridge project throughout the state. Secretary of Transportation Christy Hall stated, “this initiative is another example of the agency increasing its transparency and providing useful and timely information.” Read More>>

A Connecticut legislative committee decided Jan. 30 that a public hearing will be held to determine if the state should reinstate highway tolls. Read More>>

Louisiana may consider entering public-private partnerships to complete transportation projects this legislative session. Read More>>