Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) funding

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The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) is a historic investment and WisDOT is working hard to maximize this opportunity for Wisconsin. BIL funding comes to the state in two primary ways.

​First is formula funding. This is money that ​moves through various state-administered programs to pay for construction and received a significant increase through BIL.​

​The second way BIL funding makes improvements in Wisconsin is through federal discretionary grants. Individual communities and eligible organizations can apply for these highly competitive grants through U.S. DOT and other agencies. WisDOT is not the grant administrator for these opportunities but has resources to support local government leaders in their application process.


​Federally funded:

Federal formula funding received a significant increase through BIL. Links to these programs will further explain how to tap into new funding resources.

State funded:

Federally and State funded:


​​​​​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. ​Discover how to compete for these federal discretionary grants with the link above.

WisDOT offers many resources, including the opportunity to request a Letter of Support to supplement only U.S. DOT Federal G​rant Applications.

​​ "Find transportation grant opportunities through WisDOT and the Federal Government"


April 27, 2023

Webinar Recording

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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 and FY23 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.

Most recent federal discretionary grant awards ​(listed in award announcement date order)                           ​Click image for GSA's current map (most recent pictured is April​ 2023)

The Forest County Potawatomi Community Tribe in Wisconsin will receive $302,893 funding to enhance the Tribe’s biking and pedestrian trail by designing and constructing four culturally interpretive rest areas along a path which parallels the Nicolet-Wolf River Scenic Byway, adding cultural artwork to the biking/pedestrian underpass and installing wayfinding signage.​​

​​City of Madison received $15.1 million for the John Nolen Drive Bridges to replace six bridges that serve 45,000 vehicles per day and an adjacent multi-use path along a major artery into downtown Madison.

$6 million in federal grants will be distributed to eight Wisconsin counties and municipalities to help develop comprehensive plans to reduce traffic fatalities and injuries.

    • The city of Milwaukee will receive $4.4 million to fund a project that addresses safety concerns for pedestrians and cyclists at 26 intersections in the city.
    • Seven communities will receive a total of more than $2.28 million in grants to build action plans to redesign roads, sidewalks, and crosswalks to make them safer for all road users. The Wisconsin cities include:
    • Milwaukee County — $800,000
    • St. Croix County — $500,000
    • City of Madison — $267,680
    • Kenosha County — $240,000
    • Brown County — $200,000
    • City of Park Falls — $144,000
    • Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians — $132,500

Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) received two federal grants to develop innovations to enhance work zone safety in Wisconsin. Funding is available through the first round of the new federal SMART Grants Program for these two programs:

    • ​To develop technology for a prototype autonomous truck-mounted attenuator (ATMA) to shield maintenance and construction workers from errant drivers. The ATMA is a crash cushion attached to the rear of a vehicle to absorb the impact of a crash. This project will receive over $1.8 million from the grant.
    • To extend the Work Zone Data Exchange (WZDx) to the local road network using smart work zone devices. WZDx incorporates real-time information on road conditions, such as lane closures in work zones, and shares the data through the 511 Wisconsin Traveler Information System at and via the mobile app. Wisconsin will receive $250,000 purchase additional smart zone devices, such as connected arrow boards or connected location markers.

Two Wisconsin airports will receive federal finding through the FAA Contract Tower Program for fiscal year 2023. Central Wisconsin Airport in Mosinee will receive $608,000 and Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh will receive $200,000 for improved operations and safety.

Funding for both projects will enhance airfield safety. The project for Central Wisconsin Airport will replace non-standard equipment in a tracking system and improving radio communication between the tower and on-the-ground support vehicles. Wittman Regional Airport’s project will replace old control tower equipment.

​​For more information, contact:

​​Local programs:​

​​Chris Brooks, BIL Primary Point of Contact
​(608) 267-3611,

Discretionary funds:

​​Jessica L. ​Wagner, WisDOT Federal Discretionary Fund Coordinator​​
(608) 267-6979,​