Multimodal Local Supplemental Program
One-Time Infrastructure Grants
The list of all of the MLS projects that were funded are on the WisDOT website...
Governor Evers announces $75 million in local transportation grants

This morning in Green Bay the Governor announced that 152 Wisconsin communities will receive grant awards from the Multimodal Local Supplement (MLS), the one-time $75 million funding program for local transportation projects.

Statewide, 84 towns, 34 cities and villages, and 34 counties will receive funding from the program. The projects funded will improve the safety, connectivity and economic growth of each community.

“This program is going to have an immediate impact on the lives of a lot of folks,” Governor Evers said.

“Communities from as far north as the town of Port Wing, and as far south as the village of Cassville and the county of Kenosha will be receiving funding for transportation projects that local community leaders prioritized.”

MLS: Innovative process, local control, immediate impact - The League of Wisconsin Municipalities Executive Director Jerry Deschane; the Wisconsin Counties Association's Mark O'Connell and the Wisconsin Towns Association's Mike Koles share their insight and opinions on the success of the MLS program.
On the “Transportation Connects Us” podcast released today, WisDOT Secretary Thompson is joined by the executive directors of the League of Wisconsin Municipalities, the Wisconsin Counties Association, and the Wisconsin Towns Association, to discuss the impact of the program, what has been learned from the process and share feedback from their members. Listen on your preferred podcast app or here...
The League of Wisconsin Municipalities congratulates the successful applicants for the municipal portion of the Multimodal Local Supplement (MLS) program competition. With this additional state support, these local economic development projects will create and sustain jobs across Wisconsin. 

Decades of disinvestment have left Wisconsin’s transportation network with a long list of deferred transportation upkeep that cannot wait much longer. The fact that there were $1.4 billion in applications for $75 million in funding tells that story in an undeniable fashion. Many of those critical needs are in cities and villages, the economic centers of Wisconsin where 95% of commerce occurs. The MLS program was an important step toward addressing those critical needs and we look forward to working with the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT), Governor Evers and the Wisconsin Legislature on additional necessary steps in the future.

We also want to take this opportunity to thank the Governor, the Legislature, Secretary Craig Thompson and the staff of WisDOT for the speed, efficiency and collaborative nature of the MLS program. The program was put in place with a minimum of additional paperwork “strings attached.” The application process was streamlined. We encourage the WisDOT to use this as a new 21st century template for grant programming. Let’s put more money in roads, bridges, buses and trails and less in paperwork.

We also wish to thank the grant review teams who had the unenviable task of deciding which projects would be funded and which would not. The overwhelming need at the local level made it a certainty that many, many worthy projects would not get funded. The 12 local government representatives who made up the city/village review committee did an excellent job of prioritizing projects. They also demonstrated the practicality that typifies local governments when they decided to increase the match requirement on most of the municipal projects. While this is never great news, the fact of the matter is that increasing the match expanded the list of communities that will benefit from the program without crippling the projects themselves.

Background: Multimodal Local Supplement (MLS) grant program

The $75 million local government transportation grant program was created as part of the 2019-2021 state budget. This one-time funding initiative was available to local and tribal governments. The MLS grant program set aside $18.4 million for cities and villages, $26 million for counties, and $28.9 million for towns. This program is in addition to the General Transportation Aids program, and the Local Roads Improvement Program (LRIP).
Questions? Contact Jerry Deschane at jdeschane@lwm-info.org