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DISCUSSION: Who Should Pay For Road Improvements?

Developers in Caledonia are now being asked to pay for road improvements. Is it right to ask them to pay?

I've been seeing these conversations around who pays for road projects shift quite a bit.

The Village of Caledonia recently changed their around funding roads projects if a development is involved.

Vulcan Materials will be paying for an upgrade to Three Mile Road. The Village wants the , which is going to be proposing a $55 million expansion, to pay for upgrading their entrance on Erie. And now they are asking a developer who proposed building a third phase of ,an apartment complex to upgrade their entrance on Highway 32.

The thinking is that taxpayers shouldn't have to pay for these projects because the reason for the roads projects is either because of expansion or extraordinary use.

What do you think?

Michael A. Hayek March 07, 2012 at 10:57 PM
All development generates traffic, and a development may generate enough traffic to create congestion and compel the Village to invest more capital into its roads, in the form of upgrades to existing roads or the addition of traffic signals, turn lanes or other infrastructure. The Village of Caledonia Engineer recognizes that the negative traffic impacts caused by large developments can be forecasted, and as our tax dollars become increasingly strained, some of the costs will have to be assessed to the development. I worked on the road improvements required by theTraffic Impact Analysis for the Janesville Wal-Mart/ Sam's Club in 2006, where the developers paid nearly $ 1 Million for the road improvements. Assessing the overall impacts of development is a necessary component of good planning.
Denise Lockwood March 08, 2012 at 04:00 AM
Thanks for the explanation Mike!
James R Hoffa March 09, 2012 at 06:33 AM
It's only fair so long as we don't have to listen to people like Elizabeth Warren continuing to insist that businesses are getting a free ride "on the roads that the rest of us paid for," when nothing could actually be further from the truth!

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