History: 1971 c. 40
; 1973 c. 12
; 1973 c. 243
; 1975 c. 189
; 1977 c. 29
, 1654 (1)
, (8) (a), (f), 1656 (43)
; 1977 c. 190
; 1979 c. 221
; 1981 c. 346
; 1983 a. 27
; 1985 a. 29
; 1987 a. 27
; 1989 a. 31
; 1993 a. 246
; 1995 a. 225
; 1997 a. 27
; 1999 a. 9
; 2001 a. 16
; 2005 a. 25
; 2007 a. 20
; 2009 a. 28
; 2011 a. 32
; 2013 a. 20
; 2015 a. 55
; 2017 a. 37
; 2019 a. 18
Who to sign contracts.
The secretary, or the secretary's designees, may sign and execute in the name of the department any conveyance or any contract or agreement with the federal government or its departments, subdivisions of this state, other states or subdivisions of other states, corporations, limited liability companies, associations, partnerships and individuals.
All amounts owed by this state under this chapter are subject to being set off under s. 73.12
History: 1985 a. 29
Highway projects. 84.013(1)(a)
“Major highway project" means a project, except a project providing an approach to a bridge over a river that forms a boundary of the state, a high-cost state highway bridge project under s. 84.017
, or a southeast Wisconsin freeway megaproject under s. 84.0145
, that satisfies any of the following:
The project has a total cost of more than $30,000,000, subject to adjustment under sub. (2m)
, and involves any of the following:
Reconstructing or reconditioning an existing highway by either relocating 2.5 miles or more of the existing highway or adding one or more lanes 5 miles or more in length to the existing highway.
Improving to freeway standards 10 miles or more of an existing divided highway having 2 or more lanes in either direction.
The project has a total cost of more than $75,000,000, subject to adjustment under sub. (2m)
, and is not described in subd. 1m.
“Reconditioning" means work in addition to resurfacing. “Minor reconditioning" includes pavement widening and shoulder paving. “Major reconditioning" includes improvement of an isolated grade, curve, intersection or sight distance problem to improve safety. Major reconditioning projects may require additional property acquisition.
“Reconstruction" means total rebuilding of an existing highway to improve maintainability, safety, geometrics and traffic service. It is accomplished basically on existing alignment, and major elements may include flattening of hills and grades, improvement of curves, widening of the roadbed, and elimination or shielding of roadside obstacles. Normally reconstruction will require additional property acquisition.
“Resurfacing" means placing a new surface on an existing highway to provide a better all-weather surface and a better riding surface, and to extend or renew the pavement life. It generally involves no improvement in capacity or geometrics. Resurfacing may include some elimination or shielding of roadside obstacles, culvert replacements, signals, marking, signing and intersection improvements. Usually no additional property acquisition is required; except possible minor acquisition for drainage and intersection improvements.
The department shall annually adjust the amounts specified in sub. (1) (a) 1m.
to reflect the annual change in the Wisconsin Department of Transportation Price Index, Yearly Moving Average, as maintained by the department or, if at any time the department no longer maintains this index, another suitable index as determined by the department. Beginning in 2012, prior to October 1 of each year, the department shall compute the annual adjustment required under this subsection and shall publish the new adjusted amount applicable under sub. (1) (a) 1m.
, which amount shall become effective on October 1 of that year. The department may not adjust the amounts specified in sub. (1) (a) 1m.
to an amount less than that specified in sub. (1) (a) 1m.
The department may proceed with construction of the following major highway projects:
STH 11 extending approximately 7.6 miles from west of Burlington to STH 36/83 east of Burlington, designated as the Burlington bypass, in Walworth and Racine counties.
USH 12 extending approximately 11.6 miles from the junction of USH 12 and I 90/94 to approximately 0.75 miles south of Ski Hi Road in Sauk County.
USH 53 extending approximately 6.2 miles between I 90 and USH 14/61 near 7th Street in La Crosse, La Crosse County.
I 43 extending approximately 14.3 miles between Silver Spring Drive in the city of Glendale and STH 60 in the village of Grafton, in Milwaukee and Ozaukee counties.
STH 57 extending approximately 17.3 miles from the junction of STH 57 with CTH “A" to STH 42 in Kewaunee and Door counties.
I 41 extending approximately 23 miles between STH 96 in the town of Grand Chute and CTH “F” in the town of Lawrence, in Brown and Outagamie counties, including all interchanges, and including work on local roads as necessary for the completion of the project.
I 39/90 extending approximately 45 miles from USH 12/18 in Dane County to the Illinois-Wisconsin state line in Rock County.
USH 10 and USH 10/STH 441 extending approximately 5 miles from CTH “CB" in Winnebago County to Oneida Street in Calumet County.
STH 15 extending approximately 11 miles from STH 76 to USH 45, near New London, in Outagamie County.
STH 26 extending approximately 48 miles between I 90 in Janesville and STH 60 north of Watertown in Rock, Jefferson, and Dodge counties.
I 39/USH 51 extending approximately 8 miles from south of Fox Glove Road to north of Bridge Street, designated as the Wausau beltline, in Marathon County.
STH 23 between STH 67 and USH 41 in Sheboygan and Fond du Lac counties.
USH 12 extending approximately 18.2 miles between the USH 12/14 interchange area in Middleton and STH 60 in Dane and Sauk counties.
USH 151 between the south interchange with STH 73 south of Columbus and USH 41 at Fond du Lac.
USH 10 between Appleton and Marshfield, in Winnebago, Outagamie, Waupaca, Portage and Wood counties.
USH 41 extending from 1.5 miles south of Frog Pond Road in Oconto County to 1.3 miles north of Schacht Road in Marinette County.
USH 18 from Main Street in the city of Prairie du Chien to STH 60 in the town of Bridgeport in Crawford County.
USH 41 from 0.5 miles south of STH 26 to 0.5 miles north of Breezewood Lane in the city of Neenah in Winnebago County.
USH 41 from Orange Lane in the town of Lawrence, one mile south of CTH “F" to CTH “M" in Brown County.
The department shall complete the design work for any major highway project involving STH 57 between CTH “A" near Dyckesville and STH 42 in Kewaunee and Door counties by December 31, 2003.
If the department reconstructs any part of STH 78 located in the village of Merrimac in Sauk County and requires water and sewer utilities lying beneath this reconstructed part of STH 78 to be relocated to a lower depth, the department shall pay 75 percent of the cost of relocating these water and sewer utilities.
The department shall begin the major highway project enumerated under sub. (3) (ra)
no later than July 1, 2009.
The department shall construct an interchange on I 90/94/39 at Cuba Valley Road in Dane County if the federal highway administration approves the location of an interchange at that location and if the department receives a commitment for funding the full construction cost of the project from sources other than state funds.
The department shall begin construction of the following projects no later than December 31, 2015:
A grade-separated interchange at CTH “V" and USH 151 in Fond du Lac County.
A grade-separated crossing of CTH “T" over USH 151 in Fond du Lac County.
In conjunction with the resurfacing project on STH 102, the department shall construct a bicycle and pedestrian path and bridge, including lighting, along STH 102 from State Road to Fayette Avenue in the village of Rib Lake in Taylor County if the village contributes at least $60,000 to the cost of the bicycle and pedestrian path project.
Notwithstanding s. 13.489 (1m) (e)
, the department shall, in the 2013-15 fiscal biennium, commence the preparation of an environmental impact statement, as defined in s. 13.489 (1c) (b)
, for a proposed major highway project involving USH 12 from the city of Elkhorn to the city of Whitewater.
Subject to s. 13.489 (1m)
, in preparation for future major highway projects, the department may perform engineering and design work and studies for possible major highway projects not listed under sub. (3)
, but no major highway may be constructed unless the project is listed under sub. (3)
or approved under sub. (6)
The department may not, within any 6-year period, construct a highway project consisting of separate contiguous projects which do not individually qualify as major highway projects but which in their entirety would constitute a major highway project without first submitting the project to the transportation projects commission for its recommendations and report and without specific authorization under sub. (3)
, except as provided in par. (c)
and sub. (6)
The department may construct highway projects involving STH 59 between STH 164 on the eastern edge of the city of Waukesha and Calhoun Road in Waukesha County and STH 59 from Calhoun Road to the Waukesha County line in Waukesha County without first submitting the projects to the transportation projects commission for its recommendations and report and without specific authorization under sub. (3)
Commencing with the 1985-87 biennial budget bill and biennially thereafter, the department shall request adjustments to the list of major highway projects under sub. (3)
as listed projects are completed, projects are approved under sub. (6)
and new projects are ready for construction. The department shall submit the proposed biennial adjustments for major highway projects to the transportation projects commission for review and recommendation as provided under s. 13.489
If following the enactment of the biennial budget bill the department determines that a highway project which was initially planned or designed as a reconditioning, reconstruction or resurfacing project is a major highway project and is ready for construction, the department shall submit the proposal for the specific project to the transportation projects commission for review and recommendation as provided under s. 13.489
. After the transportation projects commission has submitted its report on the project, the department may request approval of the specific project as a major highway project from the joint committee on finance. If the joint committee on finance approves the project, the committee shall make such transfer of funds among the highway appropriations as deemed necessary and the department may proceed with construction.
Notwithstanding sub. (1) (a)
, if a highway improvement project within the corporate limits of a city, village or town has a cost of more than $2,000,000, the city, village or town may, by resolution, petition the transportation projects commission to designate the project as a major highway project. This subsection does not apply to a highway improvement project on a freeway within the corporate limits of a city, village or town. The department may not construct a highway improvement project designated as a major highway project by the transportation projects commission under this subsection without specific authorization under sub. (3)
If the department determines that a business development having a payroll exceeding $10,000,000 in a calendar year is being located within a 3-mile radius of the intersection of I 90 and Town Line Road in Rock County, the department shall construct an interchange funded from the appropriations under s. 20.395 (3) (cq)
off of I 90 to Town Line Road.
Southeast Wisconsin freeway rehabilitation; Marquette interchange reconstruction project. 84.014(1)(a)
“Interim repair" means any improvement not specified in a notice given under s. 84.01 (17)
that is needed to remedy unanticipated roadway deficiencies.
“Marquette interchange" means all highways, including ramps and shoulders, encompassing I 43, I 94, and I 794 in Milwaukee County within the area bordered by 25th Street to the west, North Avenue to the north, the southern end of Burnham Canal to the south, and the Milwaukee River to the east.
“Reconstruction" means the rebuilding of highways and bridges, including improvements to enhance highway safety, design, or capacity. The term includes activities associated with such rebuilding, including design engineering, traffic mitigation, property acquisition, and utility facility relocation. The term does not include interim repairs.
“Rehabilitation" means the reconditioning, reconstruction, or resurfacing, as defined in s. 84.013 (1) (b)
, of a freeway or the adding of one or more lanes to the freeway, and includes interim repairs.
“Southeast Wisconsin freeway" means a state trunk highway, located in Kenosha, Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Racine, Walworth, Washington, or Waukesha county, that has 4 or more lanes of traffic physically separated by a median or barrier and that gives preference to through traffic by limiting access to interchanges only.
Subject to ss. 84.555
, any southeast Wisconsin freeway rehabilitation projects, including the Marquette interchange reconstruction project and projects that involve adding one or more lanes 5 miles or more in length to the existing freeway, may be funded from the appropriations under ss. 20.395 (3) (cr)
, and (cy)
and 20.866 (2) (uum)
The department may not expend from the appropriations under s. 20.395 (3) (cr)
more than $160,643,900 in the 2001-03 fiscal biennium for the Marquette interchange reconstruction project, unless the expenditure of more funds is approved or modified and approved by the joint committee on finance. From funds that would otherwise be expended from the appropriations under s. 20.395 (3) (cr)
for other southeast Wisconsin freeway rehabilitation projects, the department may exceed the expenditure limit for the 2001-03 fiscal biennium to meet project deadlines if the department makes a reduction in subsequent allocations for the Marquette interchange reconstruction project that is equal to the amount by which the applicable expenditure limit was exceeded.
The department may transfer the funding of southeast Wisconsin freeway rehabilitation projects between the appropriations for s. 20.395 (3) (cr)
to minimize project costs.
The department shall design the reconstruction of I 94 in Milwaukee and Waukesha counties, other than the Marquette interchange, to allow for expansion of capacity for vehicular traffic on I 94 in these counties to meet the projected vehicular traffic capacity needs, as determined by the department, for 25 years following the completion of such reconstruction.
“I 94 north-south corridor" means the Mitchell interchange of I 43, I 94, and I 894 in Milwaukee County, I 94 from the Illinois-Wisconsin state line in Kenosha County proceeding northerly through the Mitchell interchange to Howard Avenue in Milwaukee County, I 43/894 from the Mitchell interchange proceeding westerly to 35th Street in Milwaukee County, the STH 119 Airport Spur Parkway between I 94 and General Mitchell International Airport in Milwaukee County, and all freeways, roadways, shoulders, interchange ramps, frontage roads, and collector road systems adjacent or related to these routes or interchanges.
“Zoo interchange" means all freeways, including related interchange ramps, roadways, and shoulders, and all adjacent frontage roads and collector road systems, encompassing I 94, I 894, and USH 45 in Milwaukee County within the area bordered by I 894/USH 45 at Lincoln Avenue to the south, I 94 at 70th Street to the east, I 94 at 124th Street to the west, and USH 45 at Burleigh Street to the north.
Notwithstanding any other provision of this section, the department may not expend any moneys from the appropriations under s. 20.395 (3) (cr)
, and (cy)
for a southeast Wisconsin freeway rehabilitation project that involves adding one or more lanes 5 miles or more in length to the existing freeway unless the project is specifically enumerated in a list under par. (b)
The department may proceed with the following southeast Wisconsin freeway rehabilitation projects:
A southeast Wisconsin freeway rehabilitation project under this section may not simultaneously be considered a southeast Wisconsin freeway megaproject under s. 84.0145
Notwithstanding sub. (5m)
, a southeast Wisconsin freeway rehabilitation project under this section may also be considered a major highway project, eligible for funding under s. 84.013 (2) (a)
, if the project meets the criteria for a major highway project under s. 84.013 (1) (a)
and satisfies all applicable requirements under ss. 13.489
Notwithstanding sub. (5m)
, a southeast Wisconsin freeway rehabilitation project under this section may also be eligible for funding under s. 84.013 (2) (b)
if the project is not considered a southeast Wisconsin freeway megaproject under s. 84.0145
or a major highway project under s. 84.013
Southeast Wisconsin freeway megaprojects. 84.0145(1)(c)
“Southeast Wisconsin freeway megaproject" means any project on a southeast Wisconsin freeway having a total cost of more than $500 million, subject to adjustment under sub. (4)