Assistance Programs - Other aid

The following programs can provide financial assistance to local governments, along with other public and private entities, to make a variety of improvements to highways, airports, harbors, bike, rail and pedestrian facilities.

Airport Improvement Program

Combines federal and state financial resources to help fund improvements to public-use airports throughout the state.

Congestion Mitigation Air Quality Improvement (CMAQ)

Encourages transportation alternatives that improve air quality such as public transit enhancements, bicycle/pedestrian facilities, ridesharing programs and facilities, and technologies that improve traffic flow and vehicle emissions. The funds are only available in the southeastern Wisconsin ozone non-attainment and maintenance counties.

Freight Railroad Infrastructure Improvement Program (FRIIP)

Provides loans that assist with improvements to rail infrastructure, highway/grade crossings, and the construction of new rail-served facilities in an effort to boost economic activity. Eligible applicants include private industries, railroads, and local governments.

Freight Railroad Preservation Program (FRPP)

Provides grants to local governments and public entities that cover up to 80% of the costs of rail projects designed to preserve rail service or rehabilitate fixed-facilities on publicly-owned rail lines. Projects can include the purchase of rail lines in an effort to preserve freight rail service.

Harbor Assistance Program (HAP)

Assists Wisconsin harbor communities along the Great Lakes and Mississippi River with projects that maintain and improve waterborne commerce. Eligible applicants include municipal and tribal governments.

Railroad crossing improvements

Among its duties, the state Office of the Commissioner of Railroads (OCR) works with private rail firms, local governments and citizens on a variety of highway/rail crossing issues.

Roadside Sponsorship Program

The roadside sponsorship program is intended to recognize a corporation or business with the use of acknowledgement signs for their monetary contribution to the maintenance of highway roadsides.

State Infrastructure Bank (SIB) Program

The SIB Program, similar to a private bank, offers a range of loans and credit options to help finance eligible surface transportation projects.

State Trunk Highway Fire Call Claim program

Wisconsin law provides a mechanism for local governments to recover up to $500 of their costs for responding to fire calls on highways maintained by the state.

Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP)

The Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) allocates federal funds to transportation improvement projects that "expand travel choice, strengthen the local economy, improve the quality of life, and protect the environment."

Transportation Economic Assistance (TEA)

Provides 50% matching grants of up to $1 million that help local municipalities complete road, rail, harbor or airport improvements that create or retain jobs.

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Adopt-A-Highway program

Allows a wide variety of local community groups to "adopt" a two-mile segment of the state trunk highway system.

Business help during construction - "In This Together"

Business help during construction includes the "In this together" workbook designed to help Wisconsin businesses not just survive - but thrive during highway construction.

Local Public Agency (LPA) real estate acquisition information

Information to help LPAs needing to perform real estate right of way acquisitions as part of a local road improvement project.