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.

New Requests for Proposals (RFPs) posted

The Wisconsin Highway Research Program posted five new RFPs on December 4th, 2018.

For more information, visit our For Researchers page.

WisDOT research project wins High Value Research award

For the second year in a row, a WisDOT research program project has been voted into the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials' (AASHTO) "Sweet Sixteen" of the highest-value state transportation research nationwide. The project, Critical Factors Affecting Asphalt Concrete Durability, is expected to save the state $25 million annually by extending the life of thousands of miles of newly-constructed roads, according to WisDOT's Division of Transportation System Development. Last year, the Recycled Materials Resource Center pooled fund project, a cooperative, multi-state effort lead by WisDOT and the University of Wisconsin-Madison, was voted into the "Sweet Sixteen" for its potential to save millions and reduce the environmental impacts of infrastructure construction.

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)