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Scott Walker Statement on Barrett Bypass

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 26, 2010 Contact: Jill Bader (414) 453-2010 

Scott Walker Statement on Barrett Bypass

Scott Walker, Milwaukee County executive and candidate for governor, held a press conference today to discuss closure of a bridge on the Zoo Interchange:

“It is amazing that Governor Doyle and Mayor Barrett can advocate spending $810 million on a new "high-speed" rail line while the state government cannot even fix one of the busiest interchanges in Wisconsin.  Years of raiding the Transportation Fund and years of Milwaukee politicians like the Mayor fighting work on the East/West corridor have now led to a crisis that will have a negative impact on commerce.”

Please see Mayor Barrett's letter opposing funding the Zoo Interchange in 2005: http://bit.ly/barrettbypass

Additional comments from Scott Walker:

  • "Years of raiding the Transportation Fund of over $1.2 billion to balance Doyle’s budgets and years of Milwaukee politicians like the Mayor fighting work on the East-West corridor have now led to a crisis that will have a negative impact on jobs across Wisconsin when we need them the most."
  • "In 2005, Mayor Barrett worked to delay work on the zoo interchange because '…the Zoo Interchange will stand long enough to resolve these issues.'  As a direct result of Barrett’s actions, Wisconsin taxpayers will foot the bill for $15 million in brand new bridges that will be torn down in a few years.  This is exactly the type of poor management we don’t need in Madison."
  • "Because Governor Doyle and Tom Barrett wanted to play politics with roads, the safety of thousands of Wisconsin citizens has been compromised."

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