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).
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.
2019 Transition Plan
WisDOT's 2019 ADA Transition Plan helps to provide information on plans for continued improvements throughout the state of Wisconsin. The plan was unveiled for a 30-day public comment period on Oct. 3, 2019.
Review the plan.