Utility Conferences

​WisDOT hosts utility conferences to provide utility companies, consultants, county and local agencies with information regarding proposed highway improvement projects. Conferences provide an excellent opportunity for WisDOT and its stakeholders to network and share information.

​Starting in October 2021, BTS Utility Unit has been hosting a series of webinars titled Utility Connections. These webinars were designed to provide training sessions and content that promotes best practices and efficiencies in all aspects of WisDOT's utility coordination process.​

Strengthening partnerships, valuing people, and improving process to move WisDOT forward

Utility Connections Webinar #1 held on October 

  • WTBA Director of Engineering and Construction, Matt Grove
  • Diggers Hotline Manager, I.T., Mike Meyer
  • WSTA Executive Director, Bill Esbeck
  • WisDOT Leaders Steve Krebs (DTSD Deputy Administrator - Bureaus) and Norman Pawelczyk (Bureau of Technical Services Chief)
  • Bureau of Technical Services Utility Unit updates on current statewide utility coordination efforts
  • Bureau of Highway Maintenance, Statewide ROW Permits Engineer, Bob Fasick provided updates to WisDOT's Utility Accommodation Policy
  • WisDOT's Work Zone Traffic Control updates by Andy Heidtke, Statewide Work Zone Design Engineer
  • WisDOT's Lane Closure System (LCS) updates by Erin Schwark, Statewide Work Zone Operations Engineer and UW-Madison's Steven Parker, Managing Director of Traffic Operations and Safety (TOPS) Lab

Utility Connections #4 - May 12, 2022

  • Cardinal-Hickory Creek Transmission Line Project by Jon Callaway, Local Relations Representative and Craig Hendricks, Team Leader Real Estate from American Transmission Co. (ATC)
  • Electric Vehicle (EV) Programs in Wisconsin by Joe LaCasse, Distribution​ Power Engineer, Xcel Energy