Federal Money Funds Construction in Douglas Co.

By KBJR News 1

Federal Money Funds Construction in Douglas Co.

August 6, 2010 Updated Jun 10, 2010 at 4:01 PM CDT

Posted by: Zach Schneider

Wisconsin State Senator Bob Jauch and Representative Nick Milroy were in Superior today touring eight major construction projects in Douglas County.

The construction projects that are already underway are part of a $56 million state and federal effort to improve the region's infrastructure.

Approximately 300 people will be employed through these building projects, which are funded primarily through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

Senator Jauch said without that federal money many of these projects would never have been started.

"Every dime of the dollars that went into improving the communities and helping these communities grow could not have been accomplished had the local taxpayers been required to up the dollars," Senator Jauch said. "They simply could not afford it, and therefore their quality of life would have deteriorated."

Projects include major improvements to the storm sewers in Billings Park and South Superior, construction of the Parkland wastewater treatment system, and the UWS Academic Building project.