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Wisconsin faces long-term shortfalls in its roads fund, and a disagreement over how to pay for bridge and highway projects has held up the state budget.(Photo: Mike De Sisti / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)Buy Photo

MADISON - Wisconsin road projects could be designed and built by the same firm and their workers could be paid less, under new GOP legislation aimed at lowering the costs of highway construction. 

The state faces long-term shortfalls in its roads fund, and a disagreement over how to pay for bridge and highway projects has held up the state budget. 

To help address that, a group of GOP lawmakers introduced legislation this month that they said would help to close the funding gap by lowering costs. 

The bill would repeal the state's "prevailing wage" law requiring certain minimum pay levels for construction workers. It would also clear the way in Wisconsin for design-build firms that both draw up plans for highway projects and construct them.