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Economic development - Programs and activities

WisDOT has a number of assistance programs that act directly as a catalyst for economic development in Wisconsin. These programs provide grants and loans to businesses and local communities for their transportation-related needs.

WisDOT also has a number of programs and activities that provide benefits to the state to help support economic development.

  • Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program
    Encourages transportation alternatives that improve air quality such as public transit enhancements, bicycle/pedestrian facilities, ridesharing programs and facilities, and technologies that improve traffic flow and vehicle emissions
  • Corridors 2030 Highway Network
    WisDOT's long-range highway improvement plan designed to provide essential links to employment and population centers
  • Directional and Information Sign Programs
    Provide signs through the Tourist Oriented Directional Sign (TODS) Program and the Specific Information Sign (SIS) Program
  • Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program
    Attempts to increase participation of firms owned by disadvantaged individuals in all federal aid and state transportation facility contracts
  • Economic Evaluation of the Highway Major Investment Program
    WisDOT evaluates major highway development projects based upon the potential each project has to contribute to economic development.
  • Highway Improvement Program
    Addresses deficiencies in the highway and bridge system and incorporates needed new improvements to increase the safety and mobility of the system
  • Intercity passenger rail service
    Wisconsin has financially supported Amtrak's Hiawatha Service operating between Milwaukee and Chicago since 1989.
  • Interstate designation
    Wisconsin currently has four designated Interstate highways. The designation of a highway as an Interstate can be a major boost to economic development and commerce.
  • In this together
    The “In this together” program is designed to help Wisconsin businesses not just survive - but thrive during highway construction.
  • Local Transportation Enhancements Program
    Funds projects that increase multi-modal transportation alternatives and enhance communities and the environment
  • Rest areas
    The state's major rest areas provide amenities to travelers on Wisconsin highways.  
  • Rustic Roads
    The Rustic Roads System in Wisconsin was created in an effort to preserve what remains of Wisconsin's scenic, lightly traveled country roads for the leisurely enjoyment of bikers, hikers and motorists.
  • Scenic Byways Program
    Identifies, designates, promotes, and preserves a system of State Trunk Highways recognized for their scenic views and ability to offer travelers an exceptional travel experience
  • Transit assistance programs
    WisDOT's transit assistance programs support the urban bus and shared-ride taxi systems operating throughout the state.

Related information:

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