Highway projects are selected based on a variety of criteria.
WisDOT regions identify local needs by analyzing:
Traffic crash reports
Pavement and bridge condition reports
Traffic volume reports
Forecasts for future demands
A highway’s concept takes shape through a series of public
meetings. Citizens are encouraged to ask questions about the type of
improvement being considered and how it will improve the quality of
the transportation system.
Regional staff work with the public to describe the project,
define the project’s goal and outline the need for the project. A
preliminary project list is submitted by WisDOT’s five transportation
regions to a statewide program.
A Major Highway Project - a complex and costly project which
requires a capacity expansion of over five miles or creation of two
and half miles of highway on a new location - requires a more
extensive environmental review, public involvement and approval by
the Transportation Projects Commission, the State Legislature and