Rough Road for WI "Highway Hazard" Bill?

MADISON, WI - A measure making its way through the Wisconsin Legislature would change a 162-year-old requirement that government bodies have specific responsibility to repair local roads and bridges. Opponents say the change would allow them to shirk responsibility for damage and injuries caused by crumbling bridges and highways.

With this week's fourth anniversary of the Minneapolis I-35W bridge collapse disaster, which killed 13 and injured 145, many are concerned that the state's roads and bridges will crumble as budgets shrink. An even bigger concern may be the proposed change in state law that would make it harder for people to collect damages when they are injured by faulty infrastructure.

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