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)
The department may not encumber or expend any moneys for construction of a southeast Wisconsin freeway megaproject unless the project is specifically enumerated in a list under par. (b)
The department may provide funding for the following southeast Wisconsin freeway megaprojects:
The department shall annually adjust the amount specified in sub. (1) (c)
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) (c)
, which amount shall become effective on October 1 of that year. The department may not adjust the amount specified in sub. (1) (c)
to an amount less than that specified in sub. (1) (c)
History: 2011 a. 32
; 2013 a. 20
; 2017 a. 58
Federal highway aid accepted. 84.015(1)(1)
The state of Wisconsin assents to the provisions of Title 23, USC and all acts of congress amendatory thereof and supplementary thereto. The state of Wisconsin declares its purpose and intent to give assent to all federal highway acts and to make provisions that will insure receipt by this state of any federal highway aids that have been or may be allotted to the state including all increased and advanced appropriations, and insure that such highways and related facilities in this state as may be eligible to be improved or constructed in accordance with any such federal highway acts may be improved, constructed and maintained in accordance therewith. The good faith of the state is pledged to make available funds sufficient to adequately carry out such construction and maintenance.
The department may enter into all contracts and agreements with the United States relating to the construction and maintenance of streets and highways and related facilities under Title 23, USC and all acts amendatory thereof and supplementary thereto, submit such scheme or program of construction and maintenance as may be required by said code or rules and regulations of the United States promulgated thereunder and do all other things necessary fully to carry out the cooperation contemplated and provided for by said code.
History: 1977 c. 29
s. 1654 (8) (a)
Major interstate bridge projects. 84.016(1)(1)
In this section, “major interstate bridge project" means a project involving the construction or reconstruction of a bridge on the state trunk highway system, including approaches, that crosses a river forming a boundary of the state and for which this state's estimated cost share is at least $100,000,000.
History: 2009 a. 28
; 2011 a. 30
; 2019 a. 9
High-cost state highway bridge projects. 84.017(1)(1)
In this section, “high-cost state highway bridge project" means a project involving the construction or rehabilitation of a bridge on the state trunk highway system, including approaches, that has a total estimated cost of more than $150,000,000, but does not include any major interstate bridge project, as defined in s. 84.016 (1)
, or any project involving a bridge that is part of a southeast Wisconsin freeway megaproject enumerated under s. 84.0145 (3) (b)
During the 2011-13 fiscal biennium, the department may encumber or expend moneys from any of the appropriations under s. 20.395 (3) (aq)
, and (cx)
for preliminary costs associated with the reconstruction of the Hoan Bridge and approaches to the east bank of the Milwaukee River on I-794 in Milwaukee County.
Subject to subd. 2.
, during the 2013-15 fiscal biennium, the department may encumber or expend moneys from any of the appropriations under s. 20.395 (3) (aq)
, and (cx)
for any costs associated with the reconstruction of the Hoan Bridge, including approaches, that exceed $226,000,000.
The department may not encumber or expend more than $10,000,000 from the appropriations specified in subd. 1.
during the 2013-15 fiscal biennium for the purpose specified in subd. 1.
unless the department submits to the joint committee on finance a request for authorization to encumber or expend the moneys and the joint committee on finance approves the request.
A high-cost state highway bridge project under this section may not be considered a southeast Wisconsin freeway megaproject under s. 84.0145
History: 2011 a. 32
; 2013 a. 20
State trunk highway system. 84.02(1)(1)
The system of highways known as the trunk highway system heretofore selected and laid out by the legislature and by the highway commission and by special legislative state trunk highway committees and approved by said highway commission and as revised, altered and changed by and under authority vested by law in the highway commission, is hereby validated and confirmed and designated the state trunk highway system but without prejudice to the exercise of the power given to change such system, and all acts by which parts of said system were heretofore adopted or declared to be trunk highways are confirmed and validated. Section 82.19 (2)
does not apply to the state trunk highway system.
(2) County line highways apportioned.
The apportionment heretofore made by the highway commission of portions of the state trunk highway system that lie on county lines is hereby ratified. The portion of such county line highways assigned to any county shall be considered as lying wholly within such county, and all the provisions for construction and maintenance shall apply to such portion just as though it lay wholly within the county to which assigned. Bridges on the state trunk highway system which span streams forming the boundary between 2 counties shall be considered as lying one-half in each county.
Changes may be made in the state trunk system by the department, if it deems that the public good is best served by making the changes. The department, in making the changes, may lay out new highways by the procedure under this subsection. Due notice shall be given to the localities concerned of the intention to make changes or discontinuances, and if the change proposes to lay a highway via a new location and the distance along such deviation from the existing location exceeds 2 1/2 miles, then a hearing in or near the region affected by the proposed change shall be held prior to making the change effective. The notice shall also be given to the secretary of natural resources either by registered mail or personally. Whenever the department decides to thus change more than 2 1/2 miles of the system the change shall not be effective until the decision of the department has been referred to and approved by the county board of each county in which any part of the proposed change is situated. A copy of the decision shall be filed in the office of the clerk of each county in which a change is made or proposed. Where the distance along the deviation from the existing location exceeds 5 miles the change shall constitute an addition to the state trunk highway system. The preexisting route shall continue to be a state trunk highway unless the county board of each county in which any part of the relocation lies and the department mutually agree to its discontinuance as a state trunk highway. Whenever such county board or boards and the department cannot so agree the department shall report the problem to the next ensuing session of the legislature for determination.
The action of any town, village or county board or city council discontinuing, relocating or altering any highway on the state trunk system shall be void unless the department approves the same in writing.
(4) Guideboards; warnings; route marking. 84.02(4)(a)(a)
The department shall mark the highways of the state trunk highway system and also the connecting highways. The markers shall be uniform, except that the numbers thereon shall correspond with the numbers given to various routes by the department and found on the official highway maps issued by the department. No similar design or marker shall be used for marking other highway routes.
No person shall mark any other highway routes or trails unless the route marked shall coincide exactly with the state trunk system. No such routes shall be marked until exact descriptions of the routes selected for marking have been filed with and the routes and markings approved by the department. Every route laid out and marked shall be made to conform to the state trunk system, and the person responsible for the marking of such route shall remove or erase such marks from every portion of such route which does not coincide with the state trunk highway system. The department shall report to the department of financial institutions any violations of or failure to comply with the provisions of this subsection, and the department of financial institutions shall thereupon revoke the privilege, license or incorporation of the offender, and the department shall cause the offending marks to be erased, removed or destroyed. The expense of such erasure, removal or destruction shall be paid out of funds appropriated to the department, and may be recovered in the name of the state from the person responsible for such unauthorized marking.
The department shall erect and maintain such standard guide and warning signs and lighting as it deems necessary within the right-of-way along the state trunk system, and it is unlawful to erect any lighting or display any other guide or warning signs upon the state trunk system, except in cases of emergency or when approved by the department. Any erection in violation hereof may be removed by the department.
The department may cooperate with the Public Roads Administration or other designated agency of the federal government in formulating and adopting or changing a uniform system of numbering, or designating highways of interstate character within this state, and in the selection and erection of uniform danger signals and safety devices for the protection and direction of traffic.
The department shall adopt a manual establishing a uniform system of traffic control devices for use upon the highways of this state. The system shall be consistent with and, so far as practicable, conform to current nationally recognized standards for traffic control devices.
The department shall adopt a manual establishing a uniform system of signs, signals, markings and devices for the purpose of regulating, warning or guiding bicycle traffic on highways, streets and bikeways, as defined in s. 84.60 (1) (a)
. The system, shall be consistent with and shall conform to the system established under par. (e)
As often as it deems necessary, the department shall publish highway service maps showing the state trunk highway system and such other main highways and other features as may seem desirable. Such highway service maps shall be sold by the department at a price to be fixed by it, which shall be not less than cost. The department may permit the use of its digital base map data for other maps and publications and may charge a fair fee for such use. The department shall make and publish or duplicate such highway service maps as are required for its use, and shall publish folded highway maps of Wisconsin for free distribution to the public. The department shall ensure that the folded highway maps bear information regarding the requirements of s. 347.48 (4)
Upon publication of the highway service maps, the department shall distribute without charge 50 of these maps to each officer and member of the legislature. Any officer or member of the legislature may request additional highway service maps. The request may be written or oral. The fee for the additional maps shall be the fee set by the department under par. (a)