Planned Transportation Spending


Wisconsin’s 2011-2014 Statewide Transportation Improvement Program uses ranges to estimate the anticipated funding for all non-transit projects and some transit projects.* An examination of the STIP reveals that road maintenance/minor widening projects make up the largest chunk of the planned spending (46 percent). New road capacity projects, which include the North-South Freeway project and the Depere-Suamico project, follow at 30 percent of the planned spending. Bridge maintenance/replacement projects make up 9 percent, and transit projects make up 7 percent.** Bridge capacity expansion projects account for 3 percent of the planned expenditures, and safety and bicycle/pedestrian projects 2 percent each. Projects classified as “other” make up 1 percent of the spending, and road or bridge projects with bicycle/pedestrian components (such as adding sidewalks when reconstructing a roadway) comprise less than 1 percent.

Proposed Spending, FY 2011-2014

Project Type Cost (Millions)
Total $5,465.69
Bridge Capacity Expansion $175.98
Bridge Maintenance/Replacement $501.18
Bicycle/Pedestrian $80.03
New Road Capacity $1,621.18
Other $74.85
Road/Bridge Project with Bike/Ped Components $15.75
Road Maintenance/Minor Widening $2,480.68
Safety $129.50
Transit** $386.54

* In order to complete the analysis, TSTC assigned costs to the state’s estimations by taking the average of the range provided; a project estimated as “$60-69.99 million” is recorded as $65 million.
** Transit component includes $239.51 million in anticipated federal assistance to rural transit providers. State and local contributions to federal transit assistance programs are not listed in the STIP nor is transit assistance to the Milwaukee or Madison transit systems. However, with data provided by WisDOT, this analysis includes an estimation of federal assistance for 2011-2014 totaling $103.08 million for the Milwaukee and Madison transit systems. WisDOT provided TSTC with the 2011 federal dollar amount and TSTC multiplied by 4 to approximate the amount for the entire 4 year period. Transit total includes $12.68 million in ARRA funds for the Amtrak Hiawatha commuter service, but does not include $900,000 in federal and state funds for the MilwaukeeMinneapolis/St. Paul high-speed rail environmental impact statement.

Percentage of STIP by project type

  • bce
    Bridge Capacity Expansion
  • bmr
    Bridge Maintenance/Replacement
  • bp
  • nrc
    New Road Capacity
  • othr
  • rbbp
    Road/Bridge Project with Bike/Ped Components
  • rmmw
    Road Maintenance/Minor Widening
  • sfty
  • tran
All percentages rounded