Federal News Roundup
Some transportation-related news coming out of D.C.:

Budget Reconciliation Deal
Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) reached a budget reconciliation deal with Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), including $450 billion in tax increases, $369 billion in new spending and tax credits for energy independence and greenhouse gas emission reductions in addition to allowing Medicare to negotiate prescription drug prices and Affordable Care Act subsidy extensions.

President Biden and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) are on board. And Arizona Senator Kyrsten Sinema (D) offered her must-have support last night after Democratic leaders agreed to change some of the original tax proposals. The measure still needs to clear the Senate parliamentarian, who must certify the bill meets budget reconciliation parameters.

FY 2023 Appropriations
The Senate Appropriations Committee has released its draft Transportation-HUD funding bill for fiscal year 2023. Like the recently passed House FY 2023 appropriations bill, it maintains trust fund contract authority levels (the bulk of annual Department of Transportation funding) and Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act’s (IIJA) advance appropriations for 2023. However, the draft Senate bill includes $1.27 billion more in discretionary appropriations than the House bill.
Other ENO-produced charts comparing FY 2022 enacted, House-passed FY 2023 appropriations, and the draft Senate bill are available here.

A short-term continuing resolution to keep the government open after Sept. 30 and lasting until sometime after the elections is expected.

Water Resources Development Act
On July 28, the Senate passed its version of the Water Resources Development Act of 2022 (WRDA) by a vote of 93 to 1. The next step is to resolve the House-Senate issues in a conference committee and pass a final bill before the end of the year. The Senate-passed bill is available here, while information on the House bill passed in June is here.
Wisconsin & Federal Infrastructure Law
WisDOT Shares EV Infrastructure Plan
The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) released a draft electric vehicle (EV) infrastructure plan. The document lays out comprehensive strategies and plans to facilitate the electrification of Wisconsin transportation.

An EV infrastructure deployment plan is the next step to unlocking the estimated $78 million in National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (NEVI) Formula Program funds Wisconsin expects to receive over the five years of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA). WisDOT anticipates receiving notification from the Federal Highway Administration by Sept. 30, letting the state know if the plan is approved for implementation and the obligation of funds.
Next Round of IIJA Local Projects Announced
In mid-July, Governor Evers and the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) announced the next round of local road funding from the first year of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA). The approximately $22.5 million benefits 25 transportation projects in areas with populations above 50,000. The list of the selected projects is available here.

A June WisDOT release heralded 40 projects in 28 counties made possible by $35 million in IIJA funding. These projects are in rural and urban areas with fewer than 50,000 people. In addition, WisDOT expects to move forward 22 State Highway Rehabilitation Program projects.
Wisconsin Transportation News
Madison Beltline Flex Lane A Wisconsin First
The new Madison Beltline flex lane is up and running. While the concept is not new in the U.S., this project is the first of its kind in Wisconsin. The practice, known nationally as dynamic part-time shoulder use, has been implemented in 17 states.

Flex lane runs eastbound and westbound on the Beltline from Whitney Way to the I-39/90 interchange. This 10-mile stretch carries about 120,000 vehicles daily.

The idea is simple: sometimes, the inside median shoulder works as a shoulder, but during peak traffic periods, this shoulder becomes an additional traffic lane to accommodate more vehicles.

Flex lane is dynamic and generally open during periods of congestion - morning and evening rush hours and for special events. However, lanes may open or close to help respond to incidents or weather. A green arrow on the sign above the lane tells drivers it is open, while a red "X" means it is closed.

The WisDOT Traffic Management Center (TMC) will rely on traffic cameras and detectors for real-time conditions and to ensure the equipment is operating correctly.

Not sure how to drive the flex lane, want additional information, or have questions? See WisDOT's FAQs and flex lane video here.
WisDOT I-41 Project Involvement Meetings
WisDOT is holding I-41 Project public involvement meetings in August to provide updates on the project, including its status, design, and upcoming work.

Below are the opportunities to participate – one virtual and two in-person:
  • Tuesday, Aug. 16 - begins at 5 p.m., virtual
  • Wednesday, Aug. 17 - 5-7 p.m., Hemlock Creek Elementary School, 1900 Williams Grant Drive, De Pere
  • Thursday, Aug. 18 - 5-7 p.m., Fox Valley Technical College, D.J. Bordini Center, 5 N Systems Drive, Appleton

In addition, WisDOT is holding a virtual meeting for businesses on Tuesday, Aug. 16, at 8:30 a.m.

For more information on the project, visit the project's website.
Other Transportation News & Resources
Training for Public Works Professionals
The University of Wisconsin–Madison’s Transportation Information Center, in cooperation with the Wisconsin Chapter of the American Public Works Association (APWA), offers two public works certificates designed to help develop public works leaders: the Public Works Supervisory Academy Certificate and the Public Works Management Institute Certificate.

Coursework in each certificate will help public works officials:

  • Develop knowledge and skills in managing operations and personnel issues
  • Learn ways to communicate public works priorities to local officials and the public
  • Gain problem-solving tools that can immediately be applied on the job
  • Build valuable relationships with others in public works

Check out upcoming courses here, and enroll in the program here.
TDA Outreach
TDA Podcast: The Aviation Careers Education Program is Back!
The ACE (Aviation Careers Education) Program is back this summer, connecting Milwaukee public high school students with airport employers to open doors for these young people to pursue aviation-related careers and learn job skills.

Harold Mester, director of public affairs and marketing at Milwaukee Mitchell International Airport, speaks with TDA's Debby Jackson about this successful 30-year-old summer internship program.

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