Safety-related Program Funding Opportunities Webinar - July 27, 2023
The Wisconsin Department of Transportation hosted a webinar covering program eligibility requirements, application deadlines and match requirements for WisDOT's Highway Safety Improvement Program and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Participants also heard about the federal Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and resources that have been developed to assist with federal discretionary grant submissions.
The webinar recording can be found
The presentation slides can be found
Transportation safety is WisDOT’s priority. We apply a comprehensive approach focused on:
- working with partners throughout Wisconsin to identify and resolve safety issues
- gathering, analyzing, and reporting data on traffic crashes and injuries, and then using that data to inform policies, investments, and enforcement of safe operations on state highways and Interstates
- managing state and federal funds to build safer infrastructure on our roads, rail system, and at our state’s airports
- conducting public outreach and education campaigns, including those focused on pedestrian and bicyclist safety
WisDOT is committed to working with community partners such as law enforcement, health care agencies, and local Traffic Safety Commissions to keep travelers safe on our roads. We work with Class I and short-line railroads to ensure safe road-rail crossings, and work with airport owners and the Federal Aviation Administration to support safe air travel. We partner with the Wisconsin Commercial Ports Association and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers through our
Freight Advisory Committee to address maritime matters. Collectively, this “team approach” improves our decision-making processes, regarding both construction and maintenance of Wisconsin’s transportation system and enforcement of safe operations by users.
WisDOT is a data-driven organization and is committed to learning in order to improve transportation safety. Data aids us in effective and efficient decision-making to plan, design, construct, maintain, and enforce safe use of the transportation system. For example, WisDOT uses a systemic approach to determine whether corridors or intersections have a higher than expected crash rate, and if so, how best to make cost-effective roadway improvements to reduce that rate.
State Patrol uses predictive analytics and modeling - the process of extracting information from data and using it to predict trends and behavior - to optimize its staffing allocation and to increase law enforcement visibility in the right locations at the right times to maximize impact on traffic safety.
Safety is a core component of WisDOT planning efforts. Not only do we produce a
Strategic Highway Safety Plan, a statewide comprehensive plan that provides a synchronized framework for reducing traffic fatalities, injuries, and crashes over a three-year period, but we also incorporate safety into our
State Airport System Plan,
Freight Plan, and our long-range multimodal plan,
Connections 2030. Safety will continue to be a core component of our new multimodal plan,
Connect 2050, which is currently under development.
Each day, nearly 400 State Patrol Troopers and Inspectors
enforce safe travel on our state highways and Interstates. Whether countering impaired drivers, ensuring safe vehicle speeds, or working at our Safety and Weight Enforcement Facilities to ensure trucks comply with laws and regulations, State Patrol is committed to making the road system as safe as possible. In addition to patrol cars, State Patrol uses aircraft to help with traffic enforcement and motorcycles to provide a highly-visible law enforcement presence.
Roadway configurations can vary based on types and volumes of vehicles, highway speeds and surrounding environment. WisDOT engineers carefully analyze and develop highway designs to implement safe, sustainable and reliable solutions for all modes of transportation. Visit
safety engineering to learn more.
WisDOT invests approximately $220 million per year in safety-related programs and initiatives, including funds dedicated to
working with local partners to keep our roads clear of snow and ice. In addition, the department also manages or participates in dozens of other programs without dedicated funding. Cumulatively, over 180 WisDOT staff are specifically dedicated to improving safety, not including State Patrol troopers and inspectors who work to keep our roads safe each day.
MAPSS Performance Measures are a tool to help the department assess how well it's doing at meeting our mission. Given the centrality of safety to the department, it is one of the five core areas measured on a regular basis. Wisconsin is also required to set annual
safety targets by the U.S. Department of Transportation.
The department plays a key role in educating about safe traveling throughout the state. WisDOT’s “Zero in Wisconsin,” “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over,” and “Click It or Ticket” messaging campaigns are dedicated to educating drivers to the risks of impaired driving and not wearing a seatbelt, while participation in Operation Lifesaver provides an opportunity for WisDOT to work with railroads to warn of the dangers associated with trespassing on railroad tracks.
We coordinate with Safe Kids Wisconsin and Children’s Wisconsin to manage the Wisconsin Child Passenger Safety Program, which provides safety technician training and resources on child passenger safety for parents and caregivers. WisDOT also works with numerous technical colleges and private companies through the
Wisconsin Motorcycle Safety Program, which strives to improve motorcyclists’ training and education as well as to motivate motorists to share the road. On the roads, our State Traffic Operations Center provides real-time information about congestion and crashes via
variable message signs throughout the state.
WisDOT uses proven and emerging technologies and processes in road design and construction to maximize safety and ensure a long lifespan for public bridges and roadways in a cost-effective manner. This includes use of innovative interchange and intersection design, employment of high friction surface treatments on bridges and curves, and numerous other safety engineering tools. On the enforcement side, State Patrol works with other law enforcement agencies to process citations and traffic crash reports in Traffic and Criminal Software (TraCS), which supports crash data collection and analysis. Looking to the future, WisDOT hosts the
Wisconsin Automated Vehicle External (WAVE) Advisory Committee, which advises the department on connected and automated vehicle (CAV)-related issues. Given the preponderance of crashes are caused by human error, many believe CAV technologies will significantly reduce the number of crashes in coming decades.
WisDOT's focus on safety is broad and multimodal. Select the icons below to find examples of the programs we manage or participate in to help maximize safety throughout the transportation system.