If additional utility facility relocation or adjustment work is required under sub. (3) (d)
, the department shall reimburse the owner for the additional work.
The project contractor shall be responsible for any damages negligently caused to a utility facility.
If the utility facility owner fails to comply with sub. (3)
, the department or its contractor shall not be liable to the owner for damages to a utility facility resulting from the highway improvement if the department or its contractor complies with s. 182.0175 (2)
, and the owner shall be liable to the department or its contractor for damages resulting from the failure to comply.
The department shall promulgate rules to implement and administer this section.
History: 1991 a. 39
; 1999 a. 85
Railroad and utility alteration and relocation loan program. 84.065(1)(1)
The purpose of this section is to promote the state's interest in preserving and improving state trunk and connecting highways by means of a program to provide loans for railroad and public utility alterations and relocations associated with highway improvement projects.
The department shall administer a loan program to assist public utilities and railroads with the costs of utility and railroad alterations and relocations that are associated with state trunk and connecting highway improvement projects and that are not subject to reimbursement by the department. The department shall have all powers necessary and convenient to implement this section, including the following powers:
To specify conditions of eligibility for loans under this section. Such conditions shall include the requirement that the utility or railroad alteration or relocation must be part of a planned state trunk or connecting highway improvement project.
To receive applications for loans under this section and to prescribe the form, nature and extent of the information which shall be contained in applications.
To establish standards for the approval of loans under this section.
To enter into loan agreements with applicants to ensure the proper use and prompt repayment of loans under this section. The loan agreement shall permit the loan to be repaid without interest before the date on which the contract for the improvement project with which the utility or railroad alteration is associated is awarded. The loan agreement shall require the payment of interest on the outstanding balance of any loan that is not repaid by the date on which that contract is awarded, accruing from the date on which that contract is awarded. Interest shall be charged at a rate equal to the weekly prime rate for the week prior to the date on which the contract is awarded, as reported by the federal reserve board in federal reserve statistical release H. 15, plus 1%. The loan agreement shall require repayment of the principal and payment of any accrued interest within one year of the date on which the contract is awarded.
To audit and inspect the records of loan recipients.
Subject to s. 86.255
, the department may make loans under this section from the appropriations under s. 20.395 (3) (bv)
. The total outstanding balance of loans under this section may not exceed $500,000.
The department may promulgate rules as necessary to implement this section.
Maintenance of state trunk highways. 84.07(1)
State expense; when done by county or municipality.
The state trunk highway system shall be maintained by the state at state expense. The department shall prescribe by rule specifications for such maintenance and may contract with any county highway committee or municipality to have all or certain parts of the work of maintaining the state trunk highways within or beyond the limits of the county or municipality, including interstate bridges, performed by the county or municipality, and any county or municipality may enter into such contract. General maintenance activities include the application of protective coatings, the removal and control of snow, the removal, treatment and sanding of ice, interim repair of highway surfaces and adjacent structures, and all other operations, activities and processes required on a continuing basis for the preservation of the highways on the state trunk system, and including the care and protection of trees and other roadside vegetation and suitable planting to prevent soil erosion or to beautify highways pursuant to s. 80.01 (3)
, and all measures deemed necessary to provide adequate traffic service. Special maintenance activities include the restoration, reinforcement, complete repair or other activities which the department deems are necessary on an individual basis for specified portions of the state trunk system.
(1b) Emergency repair and protection of state trunk highways.
To accomplish prompt repair, protection or preservation of any state trunk highway which has been closed or is being jeopardized by extraordinary damage by flood, structure failure, slides, or other extraordinary condition of necessity and emergency, the department may, if it is deemed for the best interest of the state, proceed at once to repair or protect the highway with forces and services of private constructors and agencies, summarily engaged by the department and cause said work to be done by negotiated contract or agreement without calling for competitive bids, provided that any such contract or agreement involving an estimated expenditure in excess of $10,000 shall be subject to approval of the governor before it becomes effective.
(1m) Mass transit system, maintenance.
When the public mass transportation system uses a state trunk highway, such facilities shall be maintained by the state at state expense in accordance with this section. Maintenance shall be performed within the highway right-of-way, upon facilities and lands within the highway corridor, and upon such terminal and parking facilities as may be reasonably adjacent to the highway corridor.
(2) Repayment for state work.
When any county or municipality maintains the state trunk highways within or beyond the limits of the county or municipality, including interstate bridges, in compliance with the arrangement with the department, the department shall pay the actual cost of the maintenance, including the allowance for materials and the use of county or municipal machinery and overhead expenses agreed upon in advance. The payments shall be made upon presentation by the county highway committee or municipal clerk of a properly itemized and verified account. The county highway committee or municipal clerk shall present the itemized accounts for general maintenance work no later than one month following the period during which the work is performed.
(3) Weed control.
The highway patrolman shall destroy all noxious weeds as provided in s. 66.0407
on any highway which he or she patrols.
(4) Emergency repairs; blocking streets or roads; detours.
Except in case of emergency, no city, village or town shall obstruct any street or road over which any state trunk highway is marked unless it first makes arrangements with the department for marking a detour.
(5) Use of Wisconsin conservation corps.
To the greatest extent practicable, the department shall encourage and utilize the Wisconsin conservation corps for appropriate projects under subs. (1)
Contracting with minority businesses. 84.075(1)
In purchasing services under s. 84.01 (13)
, in awarding construction contracts under s. 84.06
and in contracting with private contractors and agencies under s. 84.07
, the department shall attempt to ensure that 5% of the total amount expended in each fiscal year is paid to contractors, subcontractors and vendors which are minority businesses, as defined under s. 560.036 (1) (e) 1.
In attempting to meet this goal, the department may award any contract to a minority business that submits a qualified responsible bid that is no more than 5% higher than the low bid.
The contractor shall report to the department any amount of the contract paid to subcontractors and vendors which are minority businesses.
The department shall at least semiannually, or more often if required by the department of administration, report to the department of administration the total amount of money it has paid to contractors, subcontractors and vendors which are minority businesses under ss. 84.01 (13)
and the number of contacts with minority businesses in connection with proposed purchases and contracts. In its reports, the department shall include only amounts paid to businesses certified by the department as minority businesses.
History: 1983 a. 27
; 1983 a. 390
; 1987 a. 27
Disadvantaged business demonstration and training program. 84.076(1)(a)
"Disadvantaged individual" means a minority group member, a woman or any other individual found to be socially and economically disadvantaged by the department as provided in 49 CFR 23.62
, unless successfully challenged as provided in 49 CFR 23.69
"Disadvantaged business" means a sole proprietorship, partnership, limited liability company, joint venture or corporation that fulfills all of the following requirements, as certified by the department:
It is at least 51% owned by one or more disadvantaged individuals who are U.S. citizens or persons lawfully admitted to the United States for permanent residence, as defined under 8 USC 1101
Its management and daily business operations are controlled by one or more of the disadvantaged individuals who own it.
The secretary shall administer a demonstration and training program for the purpose of developing the capability of disadvantaged businesses to participate in construction projects funded under s. 20.395 (3) (bq)
. From the amounts appropriated under those paragraphs, the secretary shall allocate $4,000,000 each fiscal year for the awarding of contracts under this section. The secretary shall attempt to ensure that 75% of the amount so allocated each fiscal year is for the awarding of contracts under this section to minority businesses. The secretary may award 100% of the amount so allocated each fiscal year to one disadvantaged business.
The secretary shall establish requirements for programs of preapprenticeship training and management and technical assistance designed to develop the expertise of disadvantaged individuals and disadvantaged businesses in transportation construction.
(3) Bids, contracts. Section 84.06 (2)
applies to bids and contracts under this section, except that the secretary shall reject low bids that do not satisfy the requirements under sub. (4)
. The secretary shall establish a list of disadvantaged businesses that are eligible to submit bids for contracts awarded under this section and subcontractors who meet the requirements under sub. (4) (b)
. Each bid submitted under this section shall include the agreement specified under sub. (4)
and all of the following conditions:
A goal that at least 25% of the total number of workers in all construction trades employed on the project will be disadvantaged individuals.
A subcontracting plan that provides sufficient detail to enable the secretary to determine that the prime contractor has made or will make a good faith effort to award at least 20% of the total contract amount to bona fide independent disadvantaged business subcontractors.
(4) Contractor responsibilities.
Each contractor shall agree to do one of the following in its bid submitted under sub. (3)
Assure that the contractor has developed a program of preapprenticeship training that satisfies the requirements established by the secretary under sub. (2) (b)
and has experience in providing the training to disadvantaged individuals; and
Assure that the contractor has developed and has experience in providing a program of management and technical assistance to disadvantaged business subcontractors. The management and technical assistance program shall satisfy the requirements established by the secretary under sub. (2) (b)
and shall include all of the following:
The provision of other management services necessary to assist disadvantaged businesses in developing construction capabilities and opportunities for participation in construction projects.
Obtain from a subcontractor that has experience in providing training to disadvantaged individuals a program of preapprenticeship training that satisfies the requirements established by the secretary under sub. (2) (b)
, and assure that the subcontractor has experience in providing a program of management and technical assistance to disadvantaged business contractors, and that the subcontractor's management and technical assistance program satisfies the requirements established by the secretary under sub. (2) (b)
and includes all of the requirements of par. (a) 2.
A subcontractor under this paragraph need not be a disadvantaged business, but if the subcontractor is not a disadvantaged business, it may not be included within the goal established under sub. (3) (b)
This section does not apply after the later of the following:
The date on which federal law does not require, as a condition of using federal funds, that this state establish goals for the participation of disadvantaged businesses or the employment of disadvantaged individuals in projects using federal funds.
This section is unconstitutional as applied to goals for disadvantaged business subcontractor participation in exclusively state-funded projects, but constitutional as applied to federally-funded projects. Subs. (3) (b) and (5) are unconstitutional; they go beyond the bounds of federal authorization. Milwaukee County Pavers Assoc. v. Fiedler, 731 F Supp. 1395 (W.D. Wis. 1990).
Use of recovered material. 84.078(1)(am)
"High-volume industrial waste" means fly ash, bottom ash, paper mill sludge or foundry process waste, or any other waste with similar characteristics specified by the department of natural resources by rule.
"Person" means an individual, owner, operator, corporation, limited liability company, partnership, association, municipality, interstate agency, state agency or an officer or agent of a state agency, federal agency, department or instrumentality.
"Recovered material" means a material that is recovered or derived from solid waste.
The department shall use or encourage the use of the maximum possible amount of recovered material, including glass, wastepaper, pavement and high-volume industrial waste as surfacing material, structural material, landscaping material and fill for all highway improvements, consistent with standard engineering practices. The department shall specify the proportion of recovered material that may be used in various types of highway improvements.
Notwithstanding chs. 160
, no person is required to take or pay for any remedial or corrective action as a result of environmental pollution resulting from the use of high-volume industrial waste in a highway improvement project if all of the following apply:
The high-volume industrial waste is incorporated into the highway improvement in accordance with the policies, guidelines and rules applicable to the highway improvement at the time of the design of the improvement and at the time of certification under subd. 2.
The department of natural resources certifies to the department of transportation, before the time that the department of transportation advertises for bids for the improvement, that the high-volume industrial waste intended to be used and the design for the use of the high-volume industrial waste comply with all applicable state requirements or standards administered by the department of natural resources.
The exemption under par. (a)
extends to the transportation of high-volume industrial waste to or from the site of a highway improvement and to the storage of high-volume industrial waste at the site of a highway improvement. The exemption provided under par. (a)
continues to apply after the date of certification by the department of natural resources under par. (a) 2.
, notwithstanding the occurrence of any of the following:
Statutes or rules are amended that would impose greater responsibilities on the department of transportation.
Alterations due to construction, maintenance, utility installation or other activities by the department of transportation or approved by the department of transportation after the completion of the highway improvement affect the high-volume industrial waste at the site of the highway improvement.
The department of transportation and the department of natural resources may enter into agreements establishing standard lists of high-volume industrial waste that may be used in highway improvements and designs for the use of high-volume industrial waste in highway improvements that comply with rules of the department of natural resources applicable at the time of the design of the highway improvement in order to simplify certification under par. (a) 2.
to the greatest extent possible.
Except as provided in subd. 3.
, no state agency may commence an action or proceeding under federal law to require remedial action or to recover the costs of remedying environmental pollution related to the use of high-volume industrial waste in a highway improvement certified under par. (a) 2.
Except as provided in subd. 3.
, no person may commence an action under state law to require remedial action or to recover the costs of remedying environmental pollution related to the use of high-volume industrial waste in a highway improvement certified under par. (a) 2.
If the department of transportation is named as a defendant or a respondent in an action or proceeding under federal law to require remedial action, or to recover the costs of remedying environmental pollution, related to the use of high-volume industrial waste in a highway improvement that satisfies the requirements under par. (a)
, the department of transportation may do any of the following:
Commence an action or proceeding under federal or state law to require remedial action, or to recover the costs of remedying environmental pollution, related to the use of high-volume industrial waste in that highway improvement.
Commence an action or proceeding to enforce any stipulation, agreement or judgment resulting from an action or proceeding described in this subdivision.
History: 1987 a. 27
; 1987 a. 403
; Stats. 1987 s. 84.078; 1989 a. 335
; 1995 a. 27
No franchise or permit granted by any town or village or city to any corporation to use any state trunk highway shall become effective unless such franchise or permit has been approved by the department. The order of the department shall provide for or approve the method by which the work authorized by the franchise or permit is to be done or by which the highway is to be restored to its former condition.
History: 1977 c. 29
s. 1654 (8) (a)
Acquisition of lands and interests therein.