Policy Research Program

​The WisDOT Policy Research Program promotes and funds research that addresses planning, operations, safety, finance, economic impacts, environmental issues and other policy aspects of all transportation modes and all agency operations, including for the Division of Motor Vehicles and the Division of State Patrol. 

The department’s Research & Library Advisory Committee (RLAC) provides program and project oversight for the program. RLAC is chaired by the Research Program Manager and is comprised of managers from each of the divisions, the executive offices and the FHWA Wisconsin Division office.

Research selection cycle

The Policy Research Program continually accepts research project ideas from staff, partners and research institutions and periodically issues a formal idea solicitation. The department typically funds between three and five Policy Research projects in a year through RFP solicitations.

Please contact staff at research@dot.wi.gov for research published before FFY 2006.

Research in progress

Project ID

​Project title

​Completion date

(expected)

​0092-15-11​Motorcycle Licensing and Safety
Andrea Bill, University of Wisconsin - Madison
​06/2017
​0092-16-10​Materials Laboratory Design Guidelines
Signe Reichelt, Behnke Materials Engineering, L.L.C.
​04/2017
​0092-16-11

​Identifying Highly Correlated Variables Relating to the Potential Causes of Reportable Wisconsin Traffic Crashes
Xiao Qin, University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee

​03/2017
​0092-14-14​Copper Naphthenate Treatment Usage in Wood Sign Posts
WisDOT Study
​12/2016

Completed research

Project ID

​Project title

​Completion date

​0092-13-14

​Vehicle Registration Compliance in Wisconsin

Final report Project brief

​08/2014
​0092-11-16

​Evaluation of Impacts of Allowing Heavier Log Loads in Northern Wisconsin during Spring Thaw

Final report

​11/2013
​0092-13-15

​Wood Species and Wood Preservatives for Use in WisDOT Signage Posts

Final report Project brief

​11/2013
​0092-12-11

​Establishing a Methodology to Evaluate Teen Driver Training Programs

Final report Project brief

​10/2013
​0092-10-21

​Aligning Oversize/Overweight Permit Fees and Policies with Agency Costs

Final report

08/2013
​0092-12-09

​New Framework and Decision Support Tool to Warrant Detour Operations During Freeway Corridor Incident Management

Final report

​08/2013
​0092-12-12

​Evaluating Export Container Pooling Options in MN, WI, and MI

Final report

​05/2013
​0092-11-15

​Understanding the Decision-making Process for Drivers faced with Lane Restrictions or Closures on Wisconsin Highways

Final report Project brief

​03/2013
​0092-12-10

​WisDOT Customer Satisfaction Survey

Final report Project brief

​03/2013
​0092-12-14

​WisDOT Focus Group Assessments of Transportation Financing Options in Wisconsin

Final report

​12/2012
​0092-10-20

​Best Practices on Mega-projects and ARRA Projects

Final report Project brief

03/2012
​0092-07-16

​Scoping Data Access and Integration Needs to Facilitate Better Management of Research Innovation

Final report

​10/2011
​0092-10-19

​Addressing Elderly Mobility Issues in Wisconsin

Final report Project brief

​09/2011
​0092-10-15

​Best Practices Guidance for Workforce Transition and Succession Planning

Final report Project brief

​08/2011
​0092-10-16

​Costs and Benefits of Equipping OWI Offenders with IID's

Final report

​05/2011
​0092-09-11

​Performance Measures for the Long Range Plan

Final report

04/2011
​0092-09-18

​Costs and Benefits of Non-Automatic License Reinstatement

Final report

01/2011
​0092-43-03​Condition Assessment of Treated Timber Guardrail Posts

Final report

​10/2010

​0092-09-08

TPF-5(092)

​Development of a Toolkit for Cost-Benefit Analysis of Specific Winter Maintenance Practices, Equipment and Operations

Pooled fund website Final report

10/2010
​0092-09-17

​Internet Driver Education Study

Final report Project brief

​09/2010

​0092-08-31

TPF-5(092)

​Development of Standardized Test Procedures for Carbide Blade Insert Snowplow Blade Wear

Pooled fund website Final report

​09/2010

​0092-08-31

TPF-5(092)

​Identifying the Parameters for Effective Implementation of Liquid-only Plow Routes

Pooled fund website Final report

​09/2010

​0092-10-17

TPF-5(092)

​Correlating Lab Testing and Field Performance for Deicing and Anti-icing Chemicals (Phase I)

Pooled fund website Final report

​08/2010
​0092-09-09/TPF-5(092)

​Development of Interface Specifications for Mobile Data Platforms on DOT Vehicles

Pooled fund website Final report

​04/2010

​0092-09-21

TPF-5(092)

​Developing and Evaluating Safe Winter Driving Messages

Pooled fund website Final report

​03/2010

​0092-08-32

TPF-5(092)

​Development of Standardized Test Procedures for Evaluating Deicing Chemicals

Pooled fund website Final report

​03/2010
​0092-08-26

​Containerization Policy: Considering Increased Load Weight for Certain Circumstances of Freight in Wisconsin

Final report Project brief

​01/2010
​0092-08-28

​Low Cost Strategies to Increase Truck Parking in Wisconsin

Final report Project brief

​01/2010
​0092-09-14

​21st Century Workforce Development Summit

Final report Project brief

​01/2010
​0092-08-25

​Develop an Asset Management Tool for Collecting and Tracking Commitments on Selected Environmental Mitigation Features

Final report Project brief

​01/2010
​0092-04-04

​Pollutant Loading to Storm Water Run-Off from Highways: Impact of a Highway Sweeping Program - Phase II

Final report Project brief

​06/2009
​WI-03-09

​Pavement Warranty Program in Wisconsin: 12-Year Evaluation

Final report

​06/2009

​0092-06-11

TPF-5(036)

​Frozen Road Operation Improvements

Pooled fund website Final report

​05/2009
​TPF-5(058)

​Guidance for Implementation of the AASHTO Strategic Highway Safety Plan, Phase 3

Pooled fund website

04/2009
​SPR-3(076)

​Animal Vehicle Crash Mitigation Using Advanced Technologies

Pooled fund website

​03/2009
​0092-00-03

​Effectiveness of a Hydrodynamic Settling Device and a Stormwater Filtration Device in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Final report Project brief

​03/2009
​0092-05-17

​Use of a Stormwater Filtration Device for Reducing Contaminants in Runoff from a Parking Lot in Madison, Wisconsin, 2005-07

Final report Project brief

​03/2009
​0092-08-23

​Wisconsin Department of Transportation Communication with Local Government: Focus Group Report

Final report Project brief

​01/2009
​TPF-5(093)

​North/West Passage Transportation Pooled Fund Program

Pooled fund website

​12/2008
​SPR-3(104)

​Computer Based, Self-Operating Training System on Anti-Icing/Road Weather Information Systems (AI/RWIS)

Pooled fund website

10/2008
​TPF-5(112)

​Midwest States Pooled Fund Pavement Preservation Partnership

Pooled fund website

​10/2008
​TPF-5(046)

​Transportation Curriculum Coordination Council Training Management and Development

Pooled fund website

​10/2008

​0092-02-21

TPF-5(036)

​Synthesis of Best Practices for the Development of an Integrated Data and Information Management Approach

Pooled fund website Final report

​09/2008

​0092-08-34

TPF-5(036)

​Maintenance Quality Assurance Peer Exchange 2

Pooled fund website

​09/2008

​0092-08-30

TPF-5(036)

​Use of Trenchless Technologies for Comprehensive Asset Mgmt of Culverts and Drainage Structures

Pooled fund website Final report

​08/2008

​0092-06-13

TPF-5(036)

​Database Development for a Pavement Performance Analysis System

Pooled fund website Final report

​04/2008
​TPF-5(086)

​Reducing Crashes at Rural Intersections: Toward a Multi-State Consensus on Rural Intersection Decision Support

Pooled fund website Final report

​04/2008

​0092-05-22

TPF-5(036)

​Use of Functional Silos to Optimize Agency Decision Making

Pooled fund website Final report

​02/2008

​0092-06-21

TPF-5(092)

​Calibration Accuracy of Manual and Ground-Speed-Controlled Salters

Pooled fund website Final report

​02/2008
​WI/FEP-03-07

​ET-2000 - End Treatment for Guardrail

Final report

​12/2007
​0092-05-13

​Impact of Railcar Weight Changes on Wisconsin Bridges

Final report Project brief

​10/2006
​0092-05-18

​Bicycle Crash Analysis Tool

Final report Project brief

​09/2006

​0092-06-22

TPF-5(092)

​Synthesis of Best Practices for Eliminating Fogging and Icing on Winter Maintenance Vehicles

Pooled fund website Final report

08/2006
​0092-00-01

​Evaluation of User Impacts of Transit Automatic Vehicle Location Systems in Medium and Small Size Transit Systems

Final report Project brief

​08/2006
​0092-05-14

​The Socioeconomic Benefits of Transit in Wisconsin, Phase II: Benefit Cost Analysis

Final report Project brief

​08/2006

 

Policy research program contact
Jennifer D Walejko
(608) 267-2828
jennifer2.walejko@dot.wi.gov