Highway Reform

1000 Friends of Wisconsin works to ensure that Wisconsin stops building highway projects that waste taxpayer dollars and unnecessarily harm communities and residents’ quality of life.

Highways are an integral part of our state’s transportation network.  Yet, too often, politics and profits drive highway projects that result in out-of-control spending, lost farmland and natural areas, and disrupted communities.

1000 Friends’ highway reform work focuses on three areas:

  • Fix-it-First -1000 Friend is educating citizens and policy makers of the need to make reinvestment in existing highways the top priority, instead of expanding new highways.
  • Major Highway Projects -1000 Friends is advocating policies that result in increased transparency and accountability on Major Highway Projects, the largest expansion projects in the state, 28 of which have ran over budget by more than $1.3 billion combined in the last 15 years.
  • Local Projects – 1000 Friends is helping citizen activists working on individual projects increase public participation and ensure that highway projects meet the needs of communities.  Find out about a citizen group in your area or how to start one.