Road and bridge assistance programs

The following programs assist local governments with needed improvements to local roads, highways and bridges.

Connecting Highway Aids

Assists municipalities with costs associated with increased traffic and maintenance on roads that connect segments of the State Trunk Highway System.

County Forest Road Aids

Helps defray county costs for the improvement and maintenance of public roads within county forests.

Disaster Damage Aids

Provides financial assistance to local governments to repair any highway that has had significant damage due to a disaster event.

Emergency Relief

Assists local governments with replacing or repairing roadways or roadway structure damage on all federal-aid highways (major collectors and above) resulting from a catastrophic failure or natural disaster. 

Expressway Policing Aids

Provides assistance to the Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Department for the costs of patrolling expressways within the county.

General Transportation Aids (GTA)

The second largest program in WisDOT’s budget, GTA returns to local governments roughly 25% of all state-collected transportation revenues (fuel taxes and vehicle registration fees) - helping offset the cost of county and municipal road construction, maintenance, traffic and other transportation-related costs.

Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP)

The Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP) funds highway safety projects at sites that have experienced a high crash history. Emphasis is on low-cost options that can be implemented quickly.

Lift Bridge Aids

Reimburses the cities of Milwaukee, Racine, Green Bay, Manitowoc and Two Rivers for costs associated with the operation of 10 lift bridges on connecting highways within these communities that provide connections to the State Trunk Highway System.

Local Bridge Improvement Assistance

Allocates federal and state funds to help local governments rehabilitate and replace the most seriously deficient existing federal-aid-eligible local structures on Wisconsin’s local highway systems.

Local Roads Improvement Program (LRIP)

Assists local governments in improving seriously deteriorating county highways, town roads, and city and village streets. The program has three basic components: County Highway Improvement (CHIP); Town Road Improvement (TRIP); and Municipal Street Improvement (MSIP). Three additional discretionary programs (CHIP-D, TRIP-D and MSIP-D) allow municipalities to apply for additional funds for high-cost road projects.

Local Roads Improvement Program (LRIP) Reports

The Local Roads Improvement Program (LRIP) Reports Application is a web-based program management tool for LRIP program staff and County Highway Commissioners, and provides local government officials with view access to LRIP reports and project-related information.

Signals and ITS Standalone Program (SISP)

The Signals and ITS Standalone Program (SISP) funds the installation, replacement or rehabilitation  of traffic signals or intelligent transportation systems (ITS), not incidental to other improvement projects, on state and connecting highways. SISP funds are available for projects with greater than fifty percent cost associated with traffic signals or ITS hardware and construction.

Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP)

The Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) produces a four-year plan of highway and transit projects for the state of Wisconsin. Revised every year, the plan is a compilation of all highway (state or local) and transit (capital or operating) projects in urban and rural areas that propose to use federal funds.

Surface Transportation Program - Rural (STP-R)

Allocates federal funds to complete a variety of improvements to federal-aid-eligible rural highways (primarily county highways).

Surface Transportation Program - Urban (STP-U)

Allocates federal funds to complete a variety of improvements to federal-aid-eligible roads, streets and other projects in urban areas.