Research and Library

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.


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.

The new library portal is a convenient way to search library collections, view featured and new publications, learn about Wisconsin transportation history and ask library staff for assistance.

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Address and contact information:

WisDOT Library
9th Floor South
4822 Madison Yards Way
Madison, WI 53705