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Program Description

The Wisconsin State 2023-25 Budget includes the following language:

Provide $12,500,000 to the Joint Committee on Finance SEG supplemental biennial appropriation in 2023-24 for assessment of local bridges and culverts that are less than 20 feet in length and create a biennial DOT SEG appropriation that could receive the funds. Direct DOT to develop a program for counties to assess local bridges and culverts that are 20 feet or under in length, but greater than six feet in length.


Based on this budget item, the Wisconsin legislature created State Statute 85.64. The statute reads:

Assessment of local bridges and culverts. The department shall administer a program for counties to inventory and assess the condition of local bridges and culverts that are 20 feet or less in length but greater than 6 feet in length.


WisDOT has collaborated with local owners associations to develop details to administer the program identified above. Local partners include:

Program Information

Inventory Phase
  • WisDOT Bureau of Structures held a webinar to discuss process and procedure for collecting inventory information.
    • A recording of the webinar can be found here.
    • A link to the presentation can be found here.
  • WisDOT has identified POTENTIAL locations for these small structures. The locations identified most likely over-estimate the number of structures that meet the parameters of this program; very possibly a large over-estimate. This is true because:
    • The locations identified may be on a railroad, bicycle path, pedestrian trail, etc.
    • The locations may include structures that are 6 feet or less or 20 feet or greater – not eligible for this program.
Inspection Phase
  • WisDOT Bureau of Structures held a webinar to discuss process and procedure for collecting inspection information.
    • A recording of the webinar can be found here.
    • A link to the presentation can be found here.
  • Inspection information can be collected on paper in the field, but must be input directly by the bridge inspector into the Highway Structures Information System (HSIS).

Contact David Bohnsack or Joshua Dietsche for questions about this page.