8th Ave Bridge Grant Award

City to Receive $351,301.50 in Transportation Aids from State

Stanley – The City of Stanley will receive $351,301.50 in transportation infrastructure funding for the 8th Ave Bridge Replacement Project.  This project is vital to the economy of Stanley as it will 1) ensure safe mobility for our residents, 2) serve as the gateway to our community for residents and visitors to Chapman Park and Campground 3) allow businesses in our community to more efficiently transport their products, 4) allow Stanley to remove weight restrictions on 8th Ave., which will benefit local businesses, including Film Tech LLC with 50 employees which is planning for expansion and additional employees in 2020, the downtown business district, Chapman Lake all season use recreation area, Chapman Deer and Elk Park, Stanley Rodeo grounds, and the new proposed Chapman Park Community Center, the City Well and Water Treatment Plant, gravel pit, a residential subdivision and numerous family farms.

Without this grant Stanley would delay other projects that are also essential to the community.

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) released the list of grantees earlier today for the one-time Multimodal Local Supplement (MLS) Program funded in the State’s 2019-21 Budget. 

In what was a very competitive process, the City was one of 152 infrastructure projects that were funded of the 461 total eligible applications filed by cities and villages.  Grantees were chosen by an ad hoc review committee, made up of city and village officials appointed by the WisDOT.  Among other criteria, the committee looked at the economic impact of the projects. Applications from Wisconsin’s Counties and Towns were reviewed separately by their own peer review groups. 

According to WisDOT, a total of 1,596 eligible grant applications were submitted by Wisconsin’s cities, villages, towns, counties, and tribal governments. The funding allocation included $18.4 million for cities and villages, $26 million for counties, and $28.9 million for towns. The transportation infrastructure needs detailed in the applications totaled $1.47 billion. Demand has exceeded available funding by more than 1,800 percent.  The City will provide a match of 10%. 

We thank the Governor, Legislature, and the Wisconsin Department of Transportation for their leadership in creating a program that empowers local communities to apply and receive these funds expeditiously, allowing for the most significant impact.

While we are grateful for the opportunity to move forward with this project, this is only one of many projects key to the economic development of our community and safety of our residents.