Some federal funds are being used to make your trip through the Village of Egg Harbor a little more enjoyable. Governor Tony Evers announced on Thursday that the village would be receiving $1,740,480 in Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement program funds to improve the traffic flow on State Highway 42. CMAQ funds are only available in 11 counties in the state that cluster around southeastern and northeastern Wisconsin and they offer an 80 percent match for reimbursement on eligible activities. The funds are supposed to be used to encourage transportation projects that improve air quality.
Improvements to State Highway 42 have been a consistent conversation topic at village meetings for the last few years, including a public information session in January showcasing some planned improvements such as pedestrian zones, turn lanes, and traffic-calming features. Before they held their general information session earlier this year, Village Administrator Megan Sawyer said they worked hard to balance the community's needs while also maintaining Egg Harbor's charm, right down to the trees they plant alongside the road.
This is the second Door County initiative to receive funding through the CMAQ program. For the 2022-2026 budget cycle, the Village of Sister Bay received $45,520 to acquire a bus for their seasonal route during the peak tourism period.