The WisDOT Research and Library Services Unit provides access to research and information on a range of transportation topics to develop usable solutions to specific problems. From multi-year, applied research projects to rapid-response information gathering, we provide services across the entire department.
2019 Research Program Annual Report released
This report highlights the department's mission to provide leadership in the development and operation of a safe and efficient transportation system. In 2019, WisDOT's research program completed 12 projects through the Wisconsin Highway Research Program and Policy Research Program; it also led four multi-state Transportation Pooled Fund projects and participated in 42 others. For the full report, visit our Program Documents and Events page.
Search for published research
The Research and Library's custom search feature allows you to focus your search on products published by the research program, including final reports and research briefs. To achieve higher search relevancy, the custom search feature excludes results from elsewhere on the WisDOT website.
The WisDOT Research Program includes four major program components:
- The Wisconsin Highway Research Program (WHRP) was created in 1998 in collaboration with the University of Wisconsin-Madison to discover better ways to design, build and reconstruct the state's highways and bridges.
- The department’s
Policy Research Program funds projects that focus on safety, operations, policy, financing, planning, economy, environment and other topics.
- WisDOT participates in the Transportation Pooled Fund Program, which enables states to pool funding and resources with other federal, state, local and private agencies to undertake larger research projects that address shared needs or problems of regional significance.
- WisDOT supports the national initiatives of the Transportation Research Board (TRB), National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) and American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO).
To contact Research staff or subscribe to the Research Program's newsletter, please email
The WisDOT Library provides access to information and materials covering all modes of transportation.
Address and contact information:
P.O. Box 7910
Madison, WI 53707-7910
(608) 264-8142 (voice)
(608) 261-6306 (fax)