ADA Projects and Compliance

​Millions of people use Wisconsin’s transportation infrastructure every day, and WisDOT strives to ensure accessibility for motorists, cyclists and pedestrians. WisDOT regularly modernizes facilities and processes to better serve those with vision, hearing or mobility impairments. These updates are made as part of broader efforts to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

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WisDOT's ADA Program

WisDOT's ADA program develops policy and guidance to help ensure equal access to programs, activities, services, buildings and public rights-of-way. The program coordinates as needed with other government ADA programs, and it manages WisDOT's training for policy and design issues related to ADA.

WisDOT’s ADA coordinator also acts as the primary contact when discrimination claims are made, and tracks the overall progress of the implementation of the ADA Transition Plan implementation.

Projects and Ongoing Work

Public agencies throughout the nation face similar challenges in updating older infrastructure to ensure ADA compliance. In an effort to be efficient with resources, WisDOT will often make ADA upgrades part of scheduled construction or maintenance. Some upgrades throughout the system are managed independently as “stand alone” projects, as well.

The department works first to provide ADA accommodations in the highest priority locations. Overall system needs are balanced with safety concerns and availability of resources when developing ADA accommodations elsewhere.  ADA accommodations include, but are not limited to, curb ramp updates, public communications and the accessibility of rest areas and DMV service centers.

  • More than 45,000 curb ramps throughout the state highway system were recently inventoried to help guide future improvement priorities.
  • All WisDOT roadside facilities are built to current ADA standards at the time of planning and construction. Older facilities received improvement resources in the FY18 and FY19 budgets.
  • The train concourse at Milwaukee Intermodal Station was renovated in mid-2016, and includes state-of-the-art hearing technology to assist the hard of hearing.
  • ADA deficiencies were corrected at 14 WisDOT owned and occupied facilities in response to a comprehensive survey examining parking, accessibility and restrooms. These corrections included renovations and ADA restroom additions.

State Highway Curb Ramps and Sidewalk ADA Inventory Database

This interactive map enables users to zoom in on areas throughout the state highway system that include sidewalks and curb ramps. The data included helps users differentiate among curb ramp features. Transportation planners are also able to use this information for insight and planning purposes.

2018 Transition Plan – Public Comments

The public is encouraged to review WisDOT’s 2018 ADA Transition Plan, and offer comments, feedback and suggestions on how to improve.

The 30-day public comment period will end on Friday, Nov. 2, 2018.

 Review the plan by clicking here for the full document.

Comments on the plan can be filed using the online survey or by contacting:

Taqwanya Smith, Senior Title VI and ADA Coordinator
Office of Business Opportunity and Equity Compliance (OBOEC)
4822 Madison Yards Way, 5th Floor South
Madison, WI 53705
Telephone: (608) 266-8129
TTY: (800) 947-3529
Fax: (608) 267-3641

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