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.

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. The custom search feature excludes results from elsewhere on the WisDOT website to achieve higher search relevancy.


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 also participates in many projects through the Transportation Pooled Fund Program, which allows states to pool funding 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 includes resources covering all modes of transportation. The library provides services to WisDOT staff. Others with specific transportation-related questions may contact the library via email.

Address and contact information:

P.O. Box 7910
Madison, WI 53707-7910

(608) 264-8142 (voice)
(608) 261-6306 (fax)