Updated: February 3, 2023
Wisconsin is in great shape to improve state infrastructure by taking advantage of the Federal Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, which was signed into law November 15, 2021, and authorizes major new investments in transportation and other public works.
The $1.2 trillion bill is one of the most historic investments in the nation’s infrastructure since the Interstate highway system was built.
BIL provisions for Wisconsin
Based on highway funding formulas, Wisconsin could expect to receive approximately $1.1 billion in new funding over five years, an increase of about 25%.
In addition, Wisconsin will receive an estimated $225 million for bridge replacement and repairs under BIL over five years. The law also includes funds to improve transit services, expand electric vehicle infrastructure, improve airports, and new grant funding opportunities for rail and harbors.
But after decades of disinvestment there are considerable unmet needs in our state. Congress must continue to appropriate funds for these programs over the life of BIL, and our state legislature must approve our spending plans. WisDOT will direct BIL funding where it is most needed – in high-priority state and local highway and bridge projects. In collaboration with all levels of government, WisDOT will deliver reliable transportation infrastructure to benefit all users for years to come.
WisDOT Secretary Craig Thompson explained BIL and WisDOT’s approach for building Wisconsin’s infrastructure:
(Note: originally produced March 2022)
This map of WisDOT’s
Improvement Program provides basic information about current and planned transportation improvement projects in Wisconsin. It includes the construction ID, work type, route, project limits and cost range. The
Highway Projects and Studies map offers more details on these projects.
BIL FY22 Funds Wisconsin Received
Communities all across Wisconsin will receive critical investments and will position the state for success. The
White House shares this fact sheet on how the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law is delivering in Wisconsin.
BIL funding opportunities
The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law expands funding opportunities and enables WisDOT to distribute more grants to build a stronger transportation system through Wisconsin’s local programs. These state-based competitive grants (using state and/or federal funds) will support community improvements. See each program type below for grant prospects.
- Local Programs encompasses a variety of programs that provide federal and state funding opportunities, including:
WisDOT's current Wisconsin solicitation has more information regarding current project solicitation and how to submit an Notice of Intent (NOI).
View current Wisconsin solicitations
Beyond grants and other funding support through BIL, WisDOT is able to help finance community development projects through multiple sources of funding. Review these program areas for more information:
Rail. Represents funding allocated for airports, harbors, and railroad improvement projects.
Transit. Transit funding totals include both Federal 5307 funding allocated directly to large urban systems and funding applied for directly by small urban systems.
Mega and Major State Highway. Represents let and non-let expenditures for Majors and SE-Mega, including construction delivery. This includes state and federal funding.
Highway maintenance. WisDOT's Bureau of Highway Maintenance coordinates the statewide budget for operations and provides allocations for regional operations.
The U.S. Department of Transportation and other agencies award federal discretionary grants to eligible applicants through a highly-competitive nationwide process based on qualifications and merit. Applications are sumitted via
grants.gov to the federal agency offering the grant.
WisDOT would like to help communities make quality investments and build a 21st century transportation system.
Review Wisconsin's Discretionary Grant Opportunities page for currently available discretionary funding opportunities, how to apply for a federal grant, grant writing resources, and how to request a Letter of Support from WisDOT:
Discretionary Grant Opportunities
The United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) publishes a list of anticipated dates for
Notice of Funding Opportunities (NOFOs) for key programs within BIL as well as adjacent programs that support the Bipartisan Infrastructure Laws objectives.
Request Letter of Support
To request a Letter of Support from WisDOT to supplement only a USDOT Federal Grant application, complete this form. This is not eligible for WisDOT Local Programs applications. A draft copy of the application narrative and template of the letter of support (see example) are required. Requests should be submitted no later than 14 days prior to application submission.
Request Letter of Support
For more information, contact:
Chris Brooks, BIL Primary Point of Contact
(608) 267-3611, firstname.lastname@example.org
Jessica L. Wagner, WisDOT Federal Discretionary Fund Coordinator