Gov. Evers stops in Racine to fill potholes and highlight the work being done on roads throughout Wisconsin
RACINE, Wis. (CBS 58) -- Gov. Tony Evers was in Racine Tuesday morning, July 26 as part of his pothole patrol tour around the state.
He helped repair potholes along Arthur Avenue, praising it as one of the 1,700 local roads that have been fixed across the state in the last three years.
Evers said, since taking office in 2019, 4,600 miles of road across the state, including highways and local roads, have been improved.
"It's part of the misconception... people are driving across the state of Wisconsin and they see a lot of roadwork in the summer," said Evers.
That construction is a good thing. Evers credits the nearly $200 million in state and federal funding for all of the repairs being done on highways bridges and local streets. But, he says, the state's infrastructure is still not where it needs to be.
"No, absolutely not," said Gov. Evers. "We cant [fix] A decade worth of neglect, make it all up in one...one term. We're going to continue to do it. We're going to put the pressure on the legislature to provide the money."
Just last month he allocated $149 million over the next five years to road projects. Another $22.5 million is coming from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Legislation.
Racine Mayor, Cory Mason says the funding is going a long way.
"You literally couldn't do the work that we do, and maintain the work that we do, if it weren't for the funding we get from the state," said Mayor Mason.
Following his stop in Racine, Gov. Evers headed to Antigo.