NOTE: 2003 Wis. Act 214
, which affected this section, contains extensive explanatory notes.
Maintenance and operation of intrastate bridges.
Except as provided in a jurisdictional transfer agreement under s. 84.16
, all matters relating to the maintenance and operation of bridges constructed, reconstructed or purchased under s. 84.11
before August 9, 1989, shall be under the jurisdiction and complete control of the department and the cost of such maintenance and operation thereof shall be the direct obligation of the state. Such portion of the approaches as may be determined by the department shall be considered a part of such bridge for maintenance and operation purposes. The portion of the approaches or highway not considered a part of such bridge for maintenance and operation purposes as determined by the department shall be maintained by the town, city or village in which it lies but this provision shall not diminish or otherwise affect the duty of the county with respect to the county trunk highways or the state with respect to the state trunk highways. Authority is given the department to carry fire or tornado insurance, or both, on bridges where such hazard exists and the premium on such insurance shall be included as a portion of such maintenance and operation costs.
(2) Across bay of Great Lakes.
In the case of any intrastate bridge built across a bay of any of the Great Lakes, the maintenance under sub. (1)
shall be deemed to include repair or reconstruction necessitated by any accidental damage done to such bridge by vessels using such bay, or some other catastrophe, in which event the department may use for such repair or reconstruction moneys available for the construction of such bridges.
(3) Interstate bridges, Wisconsin's share.
The provisions of this section shall also apply to all interstate bridges constructed, reconstructed or purchased under s. 84.12
; and the term “bridge" as used in sub. (1)
means Wisconsin's portion of such interstate bridges.
Jurisdictional transfers of bridges. 84.16(1)
The department may transfer its jurisdiction over bridges constructed, reconstructed or purchased under s. 84.11
before August 9, 1989, or under s. 84.12
to any local unit of government by entering into a jurisdictional transfer agreement with the local unit of government. Deletion of any part of the state trunk highway system under this section may be made without regard to any mileage limitation or procedural requirement imposed under s. 84.02
or chapter 518, laws of 1947
The jurisdictional transfer agreement must be approved by the department and the governing body of any municipality or county board involved before the transfer of any bridge becomes effective.
A jurisdictional transfer agreement may contain any terms and conditions that the department and the local unit of government may deem necessary regarding maintenance or rehabilitation of any bridge transferred.
History: 1989 a. 31
Bridge inspection and inventory. 84.17(1)(b)
“Highway bridge" means a bridge on a highway in this state which crosses waterways, other topographical barriers, other highways or railroads.
“Rehabilitating" means making major repairs necessary to restore the structural integrity of a highway bridge or making repairs necessary to correct a major safety defect.
The department shall conduct an inspection and inventory of all highway bridges on the highways in this state. The inspection and inventory of local highway bridges shall be done in consultation with local authorities. The department shall complete the inspection and inventory required under this subsection prior to July 1, 1979, if it is practicable to do so, and in any case prior to December 31, 1980, and shall submit the inspection and inventory report to the federal government in accordance with the provisions of 23 USC 144
. The inspection and inventory shall include all highway bridges on any highway in the state. The department shall classify each highway bridge according to its safety, serviceability and necessity for public use and shall determine the cost of rehabilitating the highway bridge or of replacing the highway bridge with a comparable facility. The department shall adopt standards for the highway bridge inspection and inventory program under this subsection.
After the initial inspection and inventory under sub. (2)
is completed, all highway bridges in the state shall be inspected on a continuing basis as determined by the department. The department shall establish standards for the continuing inspection program. The responsibility for the continuing inspection program shall be as follows:
The department shall be responsible for inspecting the highway bridges on the state trunk highway system.
Local authorities and other authorities shall be responsible for inspecting highway bridges on highways under their jurisdictions.
History: 1979 c. 7
See also ch. Trans 212
, Wis. adm. code.
Local bridge program. 84.18(1)
The local bridge program is created to accelerate the reconstruction or rehabilitation of seriously deteriorating local bridges.
In this section:
“Coordinating agency" means the county which coordinates the submission of applications from eligible applicants within the county to the department.
“Eligible applicant" means county, city, village, town or combination thereof.
“Entitlement" means the amount of aids a coordinating agency will be eligible to receive under this section as determined under sub. (5)
“Local bridge" means a bridge which is not on the state trunk highway system or on marked routes of the state trunk highway system designated as connecting highways.
“Local bridge project" means a project for the design and construction or rehabilitation of a seriously deteriorating local bridge and minimum approaches.
“Seriously deteriorating local bridge" means a local bridge exhibiting deficiencies that meet the criteria established by the department.
The department shall administer a local bridge program which provides an entitlement of funds to the coordinating agency for the reconstruction or rehabilitation of seriously deteriorating local bridges. The department shall provide the same percentage of the cost of a local bridge project as the percent established under 23 USC 144
Any eligible applicant may apply to the coordinating agency for funds under this section. A separate application is required for each local bridge project. The application shall describe the specific local bridge project for which funds are to be used. The department shall prescribe the form, nature and extent of information to be contained in the application.
(5) Determination of entitlement.
The department shall determine the entitlement to the coordinating agency based upon the ratio between the estimated cost of reconstructing or rehabilitating seriously deteriorating local bridges in that county and the estimated cost of reconstructing or rehabilitating the seriously deteriorating local bridges in the state which are eligible under this section, exclusive of any bridge that is programmed for construction under an order by the department under s. 84.11 (4)
. The estimated cost of reconstructing or rehabilitating the seriously deteriorating local bridges in the state and individual counties shall be based upon those bridges identified in the inventory of bridges made under s. 84.17
(6) Execution and control of work.
Subject to s. 30.2022
and the control exercised by the United States, the construction under this section of any local bridge project shall be wholly under the supervision and control of the department. The secretary shall make and execute all contracts and have complete supervision over all matters pertaining to such construction and shall have the power to suspend or discontinue proceedings or construction relative to any bridge project at any time in the event any county, city, village or town fails to pay the amount required of it for any project eligible for construction under this section, or if the secretary determines that sufficient funds to pay the state's part of the cost of such bridge project are not available. All moneys provided by counties, cities, villages and towns shall be deposited in the state treasury, when required by the secretary, and paid out on order of the secretary. Any of the moneys deposited for a project eligible for construction under this section which remain in the state treasury after the completion of the project shall be repaid to the respective county, city, village or town in proportion to the amount each deposited.
The department shall adopt rules to implement this section.
Nothing in this section prevents construction or rehabilitation projects under other bridge programs if applicable.
See also ch. Trans 213
, Wis. adm. code.
Transportation facilities economic assistance and development. 84.185(1)(a)
“Business" means a company located in this state, a company that has made a firm commitment to locate a facility in this state, or a group of companies at least 80 percent of which are located in this state.
“Economic development project" means a business development that directly and significantly increases the number of jobs in this state.
“Governing body" means a county board, city council, village board, town board, regional planning commission or transit commission under s. 59.58 (2)
“Grant ceiling" means the department's maximum financial participation in an improvement.
“Improvement" includes construction, reconstruction and the activities, operations and processes incidental to building, fabricating or bettering a transportation facility, but not maintaining or operating a transportation facility.
“Job" means a position providing full-time equivalent employment. “Job" does not include initial training before an employment position begins.
“Political subdivision" means a county, city, town, or village.
“Transportation facility" means any of the following:
Rail property consisting of an industrial lead, spur, team track property or trackside intermodal transfer facility.
The secretary may approve the improvement of a transportation facility under this section if the improvement is a component of an economic development project.
The secretary may approve an improvement under this section only after determining all of the following:
Whether the improvement is a justified transportation need. An improvement qualifies as a justified transportation need only when the secretary determines that the costs of the improvement are substantially balanced by significant transportation benefits resulting from the improvement.
The ratio of the cost of the improvement to the increase in the number of jobs in this state resulting directly from the improvement or economic development project.
The number of jobs which the improvement or economic development project will cause to be retained or increased in this state.
Whether the political subdivision will contribute, from funds not provided by this state, not less than 50 percent of the cost of the improvement.
The value of the expenditures required for local infrastructure relating to the improvement.
Whether the improvement is compatible and complementary to other transportation facilities and improvements in the political subdivision.
Whether the improvement is unlikely to be made without assistance under this section.
Whether the improvement will be located in an area of high unemployment or low average income.
Whether the improvement will contribute to the economic growth of this state and the well-being of the residents of this state.
Whether a business that would be helped by an improvement is financially sound.
Whether the improvement would have a significant negative impact on other businesses.
The secretary may approve the relocation of a segment of railroad track as an improvement of a transportation facility if the land on which the track lies is necessary for the expansion or continued operation of an existing business facility and the conditions under pars. (a)
When awarding a grant under this section, the department shall establish a grant ceiling. Except as provided in par. (b) 2.
, the grant ceiling shall not be amended after the secretary has approved an application for funding. Except as provided in par. (b)
, the grant ceiling shall be the lesser of the following:
50 percent of the anticipated cost of the improvement.
Five thousand dollars for each job in this state resulting directly from the improvement or economic development project.
If the secretary finds that special circumstances exist, the secretary may increase the grant ceiling determined under par. (a)
The secretary may increase the grant ceiling determined under par. (a)
by $50,000 if the secretary determines that all of the following apply:
The improvement includes the construction, expansion or rehabilitation of a rail spur or other facility related to railroads.
The applicant demonstrates that the improvement will result in a reduction in the amount of motor truck traffic entering or exiting the area or community in which the improvement is located.
The department received the application for assistance under this section before April 27, 1998, and either the improvement was not completed by that date or not all reimbursements under this section were made by that date.
The department may reduce the grant ceiling determined under par. (a)
for any reason, including the following:
The grant ceiling determined under par. (a)
is based on 50 percent of the anticipated cost of the improvement and would result in a grant exceeding $1 million.
Grants for all eligible applications would exceed available funds.
(3m) Review of applications.
The department shall accept, review, and make determinations on applications for assistance under this section on a continuing, year-round basis. The department shall make a determination on each application for assistance under this section within a reasonable time after its receipt by the department.
The department shall promulgate rules establishing criteria for making determinations under this section. The rules shall include criteria to rank projects and make competitive selections, and criteria and procedures for the repayment of loans made under sub. (6m)
From the appropriations under s. 20.395 (2) (iq)
, upon the approval of the secretary under sub. (2)
, the department may make improvements to or provide other assistance for the improvement of a transportation facility under sub. (1) (d) 1.
or provide other assistance for the improvement of a transportation facility under sub. (1) (d) 4.
The department may make loans from the appropriations under s. 20.395 (2) (iq)
for the improvement of a transportation facility. The state share of costs for the improvement of a transportation facility, including any loans made under this subsection for the improvement of the transportation facility, may not exceed 50 percent of the cost of the improvement.
The department may enter into agreements with a governing body or private source, or both, respecting the financing of an improvement under this section.