Multimodal Local Supplement (MLS) program

The Wisconsin 2019-21 biennial budget provides $75 million to local and tribal governments in one-time general purpose revenue funding (GPR). The funds are available through the Multimodal Local Supplement (MLS) program and may be used for multimodal transportation projects on the local system. The program pays up to 90% of total eligible costs with local governments providing a minimum of 10% cost share.

MLS funding is available for new projects statewide related to:

  • Roads
  • Bridges
  • Transit capital and facility projects
  • Bicycle and pedestrian accommodations
  • Railroads
  • Harbors

2020-2021 MLS Program Cycle Documents

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.

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

The Multimodal Local Supplement program received 1,596 eligible grant applications. The total project value of the applications is $1,466,370,391. Recipients and award amounts are expected to be announced the end of February.

Upcoming meetings
Three separate committees will score the applications. Projects will rate higher if they demonstrate economic impact, provide greater connectivity or are shown to have greater cost-effectiveness than other options. Committees will meet to discuss aggregate project scores and make final recommendation for MLS funding​:
  • ​MLS City/Village Committee Meeting
    Tuesday, January 28, 2020 – 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    Wisconsin Department of Transportation, Conference Room N108
    Hill Farms State Office Building, Madison, WI 
  • ​MLS County Committee Meeting
    Wednesday, January 29, 2020 – 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    Wisconsin Department of Transportation, Conference Room N108
    Hill Farms State Office Building, Madison, WI​
  • MLS Town Committee Meeting
    Thursday, February 6, 2020 – 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    Friday, February 7, 2020 – 8:30 a.m. to Noon (If necessary)
    Wisconsin Department of Transportation, Conference Room 124
    Wisconsin Rapids Office Building
    1681 Second Ave. South, Wisconsin Rapids, WI

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


Ryan Spaight
MLS Program Manager  
Phone: (608) 266-1322

Merrill Mechler-Hickson​​​
DOT Program Officer                                                    
Phone: (608) 261-8977