RHINELANDER - Discussion on road funding tends to ramp up around election time. On Friday, some people in Rhinelander got to hear from Wisconsin's Department of Transportation Secretary Dave Ross.
Ross spoke at Nicolet College in Rhinelander. The Grow North Regional Economic Development Corporation hosted the event.
Ross spent some time discussing the additional amount of funding the department has received in the past year. He claimed the department constantly works to develop systems that distribute funds to areas across the state based on need.
"Every single part of the state deserves their fair share of the funding. We don't want any system that would deprive any part of the country regardless of traffic count, population, everyone is entitled to a good transportation system," said Ross.
Ross said there has been a record investment in transportation infrastructure throughout the state. When asked how more transportation funds could be raised at a state level, he said it's more about prioritizing the funding the state already has.
"Trying to eliminate as much of the process, much of the bureaucratic process, to put those roads in. Those savings, which have been quite substantial, are adding to our roads and bridges throughout the state," said Ross.
According to Ross, the department raised more than $300 million in additional funds over the past year.