2011 - 2012 LEGISLATURE
February 2, 2012 - Introduced by Representatives Billings, Doyle, Krug, Clark,
Steinbrink, Sinicki, Berceau, Spanbauer, Staskunas, Brooks, Vruwink,
Pope-Roberts, Tranel, Thiesfeldt, Pasch
and Bernard Schaber,
cosponsored by Senators Shilling, Holperin, Lassa, Taylor and Schultz.
Referred to Committee on Transportation.
AB518,1,2 1An Act to renumber and amend 84.106 (1); and to create 84.106 (1g) of the
2statutes; relating to: designation of highways as scenic byways.
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
Under current law, the Department of Transportation (DOT) must develop,
implement, and administer a program to designate highways that have outstanding
scenic, historic, cultural, natural, recreational, or archaeological qualities as scenic
byways. DOT must promulgate rules, consistent with federal law, for its scenic
byways program.
This bill clarifies that DOT may designate local highways as scenic byways
under this program.
The people of the state of Wisconsin, represented in senate and assembly, do
enact as follows:
AB518, s. 1 3Section 1. 84.106 (1) of the statutes is renumbered 84.106 (1m) and amended
4to read:
AB518,2,55 84.106 (1m) Designation. The department shall develop, implement, and
6administer a program to designate highways, as defined in s. 340.01 (22), or portions
7of highways in this state, including, notwithstanding sub. (2), state trunk highways,

1connecting highways, and local highways,
that have outstanding scenic, historic,
2cultural, natural, recreational, or archeological archaeological qualities as scenic
3byways. The department may seek designation by the federal government of a
4highway designated as a scenic byway under this section as a national scenic byway
5or as an All-American Road.
AB518, s. 2 6Section 2. 84.106 (1g) of the statutes is created to read:
AB518,2,77 84.106 (1g) Definitions. In this section:
AB518,2,88 (a) "Connecting highway" has the meaning given in s. 340.01 (9).
AB518,2,99 (b) "Highway" has the meaning given in s. 340.01 (22).
AB518,2,1010 (c) "Local highways" has the meaning given in s. 86.31 (1) (c) for "local roads."
AB518,2,1111 (d) "State trunk highway" has the meaning given in s. 340.01 (60).
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