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Construction Update WIS 20: The County ES north leg work is underway and hopefully the weather continues to cooperate. Below is a rough schedule outline on the operations – which are very weather depended. WIS 20 between County L and WIS 83 is moving along as well. We installed some storm sewer around the county line and that work will continue next week. The CN railroad crossing work is scheduled for the week of August 4th. WIS 20 (East Troy) Traffic: Access to Bower’s Produce can be made by continuing east on WIS 20 from County L (East Troy) Access to Green Meadows can be made by going west on WIS 20 from WIS 83 (Waterford) Access to Kwik Trip during the County ES closure will be using County ES coming from the Mukwonago direction (North). Access to Culver’s when it opens on 7/22 will be by using WIS 20. This Week: Roadway excavation and rock placement Storm sewer installation Next Week: Finish roadway excavation and stone placement Begin curb and gutter installation County ES North Leg Closure (Tentative and very weather dependent) Install/Complete storm sewer installation (7/19 to 7/20) Roadway excavation and stone placement (7/22 to 7/24) Curb and Gutter Installation and time for the concrete to gain strength (7/25 to 7/30) Fine grading and prep for asphalt (7/31 to 8/2) Asphalt paving (8/3 to 8/7) Pavement marking (8/8) We are working on ways to accelerate these durations, but this is a rough outline for the full 21-days (if needed). WIS 20 - County L to WIS 83 (Waterford) Traffic: Access to Bower’s Produce can be made by continuing east on WIS 20 from County L (East Troy) Access to Green Meadows can be made by going west on WIS 20 from WIS 83 (Waterford) Access to Witte Landscaping can be made by going west on WIS 20 from WIS 83 (Waterford) Once the guardrail is removed on WIS 20 along Honey Creek/County Line area, the barricades on either side of the “Fully Closed” section will be tightly closed as the roadway is no longer safe to allow vehicles through (other than EMS). CN railroad crossing is scheduled for August 4th.   This Week: Remove existing guardrail Finish installing erosion control devices Being storm sewer installation   Next Week: Continue storm sewer work when County ES storm sewer is completed.   Information on the other WisDOT project up on I-43 from US 12 to WIS 83 is below: https://projects.511wi.gov/12rock/ Information on the US 12 project between Elkhorn and WIS 20: https://projects.511wi.gov/12elkhorn/    

WISER -Wisconsin Internet Self Report

This week, Senator Baldwin announced that Wisconsin is receiving $1.05 billion in federal funds through the Broadband Equity Access and Deployment (BEAD) program to connect more Wisconsinites to high-speed internet. Funding comes after Senator Baldwin successfully pushed the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to release an updated National Broadband Map that provided a more reliable and accurate depiction of broadband availability across Wisconsin. The BEAD program was established by the Baldwin-supported Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to expand high-speed internet access to areas currently unserved or underserved by funding planning, infrastructure deployment, and adoption programs.
The funding allocation relies on the Federal Communication Commission’s (FCC) National Broadband Map to determine areas of need and investment. After hearing from Wisconsin community members and stakeholders of inaccurate data in the FCC’s original National Broadband Map, Senator Baldwin successfully “badgered the FCC” – after repeated calls  – to correct the map’s broadband availability information to ensure Wisconsin gets its fair share of federal broadband funding in the future.

Under the program, Wisconsin will receive $1,055,823,573.71. The funding will be awarded to the state in two stages. First, 20% of the state’s allocation will be awarded with initial competitive sub grants expected in the summer of 2024. In 2025, the remaining 80% of the state’s allocation is expected to be awarded and the state will be principally responsible for administering awarded funds, with priority going to projects that bring broadband to unserved households and businesses lacking access to high-speed internet.