Multimodal Local Supplement (MLS) program

The Wisconsin 2019-21 biennial budget provided $75 million to local and tribal governments in one-time general purpose revenue funding (GPR). The funds were made available through the Multimodal Local Supplement (MLS) program and could be used for multimodal transportation projects (roads, bridges, transit capital and facility projects, bicycle and pedestrian accommodations, railroads or harbors) on the local system. The program pays up to 90 percent of total eligible costs with local governments providing a minimum of 10 percent cost share.

New icon indicating recent updateOn March 4, Governor Tony Evers announced the names of the 152 communities that were awarded the grants. Statewide, 84 towns, 34 cities and villages, and 34 counties will receive funding.

Over 1600 applications were received, largely for road projects. Local government officials attributed the large number of applications both to the need and to the streamlined application design of the MLS program.Map showing recipients of MLS grants

Three separate committees comprised of local representatives from counties, towns, cities and villages, made the recommendations for the awards. While the program allowed up to 90 percent state funding to any project, the committees choose to increase the local match in order to spread the funds as widely as possible. Work is expected to begin soon on many of the selected projects.

2020-2021 MLS Program Cycle Documents

The application period for the 2020-2021 Multimodal Local Supplement program has closed.
WisDOT is no longer accepting MLS applications.

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) conducted an informational webinar on the Multimodal Local Supplement program. A replay of this webinar is available.

MLS is a competitive one-time grant program designed to address critical transportation needs throughout Wisconsin and is available to local and tribal governments. As a result of recent informational webinar broadcasts, WisDOT has compiled a list of frequently asked questions.

Questions on the application process, webinars, or approved projects should be directed to the WisDOT contacts listed bel​ow.

Contacts

Ryan Spaight
MLS Program Manager
DOTLocalPrograms@dot.wi.gov
ryan.spaight@dot.wi.gov  
Phone: (608) 266-1322

Merrill Mechler-Hickson​​​
DOT Program Officer
DOTLocalPrograms@dot.wi.gov                                                             
merrill.mechlerhickson@dot.wi.gov
Phone: (608) 261-8977