State Freight Plan

​Enhancing freight mobility is a top priority for the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT). The State Freight Plan (SFP) provides a vision for multimodal freight transportation and positions the state to remain competitive in the global marketplace.

WisDOT announced the release of the final draft of its State Freight Plan and System-plan Environmental Evaluation (SEE). The final draft SFP and SEE were available for comments until January 23, 2017. WisDOT conducted three public hearings - December 13 in Green Bay (De Pere), December 14 in West Allis, and December 15 in Madison - to give stakeholders and the general public an opportunity to provide testimony on the final draft plan.

Key elements

The State Freight Plan includes these key elements:

  • Linking transportation investments to economic development activities
  • Placing Wisconsin within a national and global context
  • Engaging and reflecting the interests of a wide array of freight stakeholders
  • Implementation – from planning to project development to programming
  • Performance measures and management

Expected results

  • Agility - data, policy and investment priorities will be regularly updated and refreshed
  • Usability - freight industry input to shape usable policies that maximize the efficiency of the system as a whole
  • Partnering - provide guidance for how WisDOT should optimize public-private partnerships for the benefit of Wisconsin economic interests
  • Interrelation - creates a framework for harmonizing freight policy and goals between:
    • Federal and state freight initiatives
    • Wisconsin and its neighboring states
    • Local, regional, and metropolitan-level freight goals and state freight goals
  • Investment strategy - establish direct connection between freight movement investments and economic benefits to the state
  • Competitiveness - identify infrastructure characteristics that are ideal for business site selectors to develop new markets and create jobs in Wisconsin
  • Direction - develop a cohesive freight plan that provides actionable goals and direction throughout the state and region. 


WisDOT Bureau of Planning and Economic Development
Room 901
PO Box 7913
Madison, WI 53707-7913
(608) 266-9476

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