WisDOT produces and maintains an enormous amount of information
in order to plan, construct and maintain the state's transportation
network. As much as possible, this information is computerized,
digitalized and archived for sharing with planning organizations,
consultants, local governments and internal staff.
WisDOT develops a number of different types of maps that benefit
both recreational and business travelers. Many of the maps are at
the statewide level while others depict attributes at the county
level. Among the maps produced include state maps showing
Wisconsin's highways, railroads, airports, and recommended bike
WisDOT produces a number of types of data that benefit the public
and support economic development. The Department receives
requests for transportation information on a daily basis from
businesses, developers and local economic development organizations.
Photologging is a WisDOT image capturing technique that collects
images of Wisconsin highways and the adjacent environment. Photolog
data allows highways to be viewed on a computer without needing to
drive the route. Some of the benefits of the photolog data include:
capturing a historical record of road condition,
facilitating analysis of crash locations,
providing a visual inventory of signs and pavement marking,
providing an inventory tool to collect roadway attribute
information for GIS databases, and providing a visual aid for
public informational meetings.
The photolog data provides efficiencies to WisDOT and the public.
Time and money are saved viewing the highway system on a computer
instead of needing to travel.
WisDOT also provides photolog data to interested businesses and
the general public for the prices listed below.
Color Prints: $3
Video Tape Duplication: $30
CD/DVD Duplication: $1/disc and $40/hour for labor
Wisconsin Information System for Local Roads (WISLR)
Information System for Local Roads (WISLR) is an
Internet-accessible system that helps local governments and WisDOT
manage local road data to improve decision-making, and to meet state
statute requirements. With Geographic Information System technology,
WISLR combines local road data with interactive mapping
functionality. The result is an innovative system that allows users
to display their data in a tabular format, on a map, or both.
WISLR offers an advantage to local governments, who are required
to report the pavement condition of roads under their jurisdiction
to WisDOT. Since WISLR is a receptacle for local road information,
such as width, surface type, surface year, shoulder, curb, road
category, functional classification, and pavement condition
ratings—plus more, WISLR generates the data locals need to get the
For more information about WISLR, contact:
Kelly Schieldt at (608) 267-9748, or firstname.lastname@example.org
WisDOT has several years of statewide aerial imagery available. Recently there has been an increasing demand for copies of both historical and current images. Aerial imagery can benefit the public in a number of ways, including:
capturing a historical record of road and land conditions,
determining the general land cover in an area,
identifying the types of land uses (e.g., agricultural, residential, commercial, etc.), and how they are distributed in an area, and
comparing with older/newer aerial photos of the same area to determine how the land use changes over time.
Survey control information, along with electronic and/or hardcopy
data files, is available to the public. WisDOT may also provide
information regarding the general operation of the Department's
geodetic and nongeodetic surveying activities. This information may
include but is not limited to standards, procedures and
specifications; technical documentation; and research and