Operations, maintenance and safety

Documents below are in PDF format unless otherwise noted.

Research in progress

Project ID and
program
TitleFor more informationExpected end date
0092-11-16
Policy Research Program
Evaluation of Impacts of Allowing Heavier Log Loads in Northern Wisconsin during Spring ThawProject details

November 2013

Completed research

Project ID and
program
TitleFor more informationEnd date
0092-13-15
Policy Research Program
Wood Species and Wood Preservatives for Use in WisDOT Signage PostsProject brief (924 KB)
Final report (2.6 MB)

November 2013
0092-12-11
Policy Research Program
Establishing a Methodology to Evaluate Teen Driver Training ProgramsProject details
Project brief (232 KB)
Final report (1.1 MB)

October 2013
0092-10-21
Aligning Oversize/Overweight Permit Fees and Policies with Agency CostsFinal report (3.1 MB)

August 2013
0092-12-09
New Framework and Decision Support Tool to Warrant Detour Operations During Freeway Corridor Incident ManagementFinal report (11.4 MB)

August 2013
0092-11-15
Policy Research Program
Understanding the Decision-making Process for Drivers faced with Lane Restrictions or Closures on Wisconsin HighwaysProject brief (1.1 MB)
Final report (5.2 MB)

March 2013
0092-12-10
Policy Research Program
WisDOT Customer Satisfaction SurveyProject brief (226 KB)
Final report (1.5 MB)

March 2013
0092-10-19
Policy Research Program
Addressing Elderly Mobility Issues in WisconsinResearch brief (778 KB)
Final report (4.9 MB)

September 2011
0092-09-18
Costs and Benefits of Non-Automatic License ReinstatementFinal report (652 KB)

January 2011
0092-43-03
Materials Management Section
Condition Assessment of Treated Timber Guardrail PostsProject details
Final Report (2.1 MB)

October 2010
0092-09-08/TPF-5(092)
Transportation Pooled Fund Program
Development of a Toolkit for Cost-Benefit Analysis of Specific Winter Maintenance Practices, Equipment and OperationsFinal Report (1.8 MB)
Pooled fund web site
Project web site


October 2010
0092-08-31/TPF-5(092)
Transportation Pooled Fund Program
Development of Standardized Test Procedures for Carbide Blade Insert Snowplow Blade WearFinal Report (3.4 MB)
Pooled fund web site
Project web site


September 2010
0092-10-18/TPF-5(092)
Transportation Pooled Fund Program
Identifying the Parameters for Effective Implementation of Liquid-only Plow RoutesFinal Report (2 MB)
Pooled fund web site
Project web site


September 2010
0092-10-17/TPF-5(092)
Transportation Pooled Fund Program
Correlating Lab Testing and Field Performance for Deicing and Anti-icing Chemicals (Phase I)Final Report (3.8 MB)
Pooled fund web site
Project web site


August 2010
0092-09-09/TPF-5(092)
Transportation Pooled Fund Program
Development of Interface Specifications for Mobile Data Platforms on DOT VehiclesFinal Report (7 MB)
Pooled fund web site
Project web site


April 2010
0092-09-21/TPF-5(092)
Transportation Pooled Fund Program
Developing and Evaluating Safe Winter Driving MessagesFinal Report (1018 KB)
Pooled fund web site
Project web site


March 2010
0092-08-32/TPF-5(092)
Transportation Pooled Fund Program
Development of Standardized Test Procedures for Evaluating Deicing ChemicalsFinal Report (3 MB)
Pooled fund web site
Project web site


March 2010
0092-08-26
Policy Research Program
Containerization Policy: Considering Increased Load Weight for Certain Circumstances of Freight in WisconsinResearch Brief (1 MB)
Final Report (2.5 MB)

January 2010
0092-08-28
Policy Research Program
Low Cost Strategies to Increase Truck Parking in WisconsinResearch Brief (1.3 MB)
Final Report (1.7 MB)

January 2010
WI-03-09
Materials Management Section
Pavement Warranty Program in Wisconsin: 12-Year EvaluationFinal Report (1.1 MB)

June 2009
0092-06-11/TPF-5(036)
Transportation Pooled Fund Program
Frozen Road Operation ImprovementsFinal Report (5.1 MB)
Project web site
Pooled fund web site


May 2009
TPF-5(058)
Transportation Pooled Fund Program
Guidance for Implementation of the AASHTO Strategic Highway Safety Plan, Phase 3Pooled fund web site
April 2009
SPR-3(076)
Transportation Pooled Fund Program
Animal Vehicle Crash Mitigation Using Advanced TechnologiesFinal Report (2.5 MB)
Pooled fund web site
March 2009
TPF-5(093)
Transportation Pooled Fund Program
North/West Passage Transportation Pooled Fund ProgramPooled fund web site
Project web site


December 2008
SPR-3(104)
Transportation Pooled Fund Program
Computer Based, Self-Operating Training System on Anti-Icing/Road Weather Information Systems (AI/RWIS)Pooled fund web site
October 2008
TPF-5(112)
Transportation Pooled Fund Program
Midwest States Pooled Fund Pavement Preservation PartnershipPooled fund web site
October 2008
TPF-5(046)
Transportation Pooled Fund Program
Transportation Curriculum Coordination Council Training Management and DevelopmentPooled fund web site
October 2008
0092-08-34/TPF-5(036)
Transportation Pooled Fund Program
Maintenance Quality Assurance Peer Exchange 2Project web site
Pooled fund web site


September 2008
0092-08-30/TPF-5(036)
Transportation Pooled Fund Program
Use of Trenchless Technologies for Comprehensive Asset Mgmt of Culverts and Drainage StructuresFinal Report (2.6 MB)
Project web site
Pooled fund web site


August 2008
0092-06-13/TPF-5(036)
Transportation Pooled Fund Program
Database Development for a Pavement Performance Analysis SystemFinal Report (1.2 MB)
Project web site
Pooled fund web site


April 2008
TPF-5(086)
Transportation Pooled Fund Program
Reducing Crashes at Rural Intersections: Toward a Multi-State Consensus on Rural Intersection Decision SupportFinal Report (1.7 MB)
Pooled fund web site
April 2008
0092-06-21/TPF-5(092)
Transportation Pooled Fund Program
Calibration Accuracy of Manual and Ground-Speed-Controlled SaltersFinal Report (1.7 MB)
Pooled fund web site
Project web site


February 2008
WI/FEP-03-07
Materials Management Section
ET-2000 - End Treatment for GuardrailFinal Report (936 KB)

December 2007
0092-06-22/TPF-5(092)
Transportation Pooled Fund Program
Synthesis of Best Practices for Eliminating Fogging and Icing on Winter Maintenance VehiclesFinal Report (4.9 MB)
Pooled fund web site
Project web site


August 2006
WI-01-05
Policy Research Program
Truncated Warning Dome Installations - Technical NoteFinal Report (510 KB)

June 2005
0092-45-17
Policy Research Program
Evaluation of Variable Message Signs in Wisconsin: Driver SurveyFinal Report (189 KB)
Research Brief (165 KB)

March 2005
0092-45-17
Policy Research Program
Evaluation of Ramp Meter Effectiveness for Wisconsin Freeways, A Milwaukee Case Study: Parts 1, Diversion and Simulation; Part 2, Ramp Metering Effect on Traffic Operations and CrashesResearch Brief (352 KB)
Final Report (3.3 MB)

November 2004
WI-06-04
Materials Management Section
Aluminum Sign Corrosion InvestigationFinal Report (1.8 MB)

September 2004
0092-02-16
Policy Research Program
Development of Methods for Benefits Assessment of ITS Deployment in Wisconsin - Phase IIResearch Brief (261 KB)
Final Report (1.1 MB)

September 2004
WI/FEP-09-96
Materials Management Section
Experimental Culvert Pipe, STH 80Final Report (3.5 MB)

November 2003
WI-04-03
Policy Research Program
Truncated Warning Dome System for Handicap Access RampsFinal Report (6.1 MB)

November 2003
WI-03-00
Materials Management Section
Scotch-Lane Wet Reflective Removable Tape - Series 750Final Report (179 KB)

October 2003
0092-02-12
Policy Research Program
Perceptions and Expectations of Drivers: A Literature and Best Practices ScanFinal Report (190 KB)
Implementation Plan (44 KB)
Research Brief (217 KB)

August 2002
0092-02-09
Policy Research Program
Vehicle Inspection and Maintenance (I/M) Programs: Literature and Best Practices ScanFinal Report (643 KB)
Research Brief (466 KB)

June 2002
0092-02-11
Policy Research Program
ITS Data Management and Archiving: Literature and Best Practices ScanResearch Brief (469 KB)
Final Report (480 KB)

May 2002
WI-03-02
Materials Management Section
Evaluation of Lumimark Traffic Safety Marking SystemFinal Report (838 KB)

April 2002
0092-01-08
Policy Research Program
Impact on Highway Safety of Multiple Administrative Driver License Withdrawal SystemsFinal Report (119 KB)
Research Brief (189 KB)

March 2002
0092-00-02
Policy Research Program
Improved Use of the Inspection Selection System (ISS) for Motor Carrier SafetyResearch Brief (212 KB)
Implementation Plan (37 KB)
Final Report (88 KB)

January 2002
0092-45-14
Policy Research Program
Licensing the High Risk DriverFinal Report (174 KB)

September 2001
WI/SPR-01-01, 0092-45-59
Policy Research Program
Public Perceptions of the Midwest's Pavements: Executive Summary - Wisconsin - Final Report (Summary of Phases I, II, and III)Final Report (140 KB)

January 2001
0092-45-20
Policy Research Program
Development of Methods for Benefits Assessment of ITS Deployment in WisconsinResearch Brief (43 KB)
Final Report (177 KB)

December 2000
PE-09-00
Materials Management Section
Experimental Installation of Large Diameter (48 in.) High Density Polyethylene Culvert Pipe (HDPE) - Construction ReportFinal Report (930 KB)

September 2000

Materials Management Section
Public Perceptions: Phase III Targeted SurveysFinal Report (272 KB)

September 2000
0092-45-11
Policy Research Program
Partnerships for Intelligent Transportation SystemsResearch Brief (134 KB)
Final Report (1.4 MB)

July 2000
0092-45-70
Policy Research Program
When to Apply Spring Load Limits?Research Brief (151 KB)

March 2000

Materials Management Section
A Pavement Preservation StrategyFinal Report (110 KB)

December 1999

Materials Management Section
Pavement Design and Programming Options: European Design to Maintain OnlyFinal Report (292 KB)

December 1999

Materials Management Section
Preserving Our Highways and BridgesFinal Report (3.8 MB)

December 1999

Materials Management Section
Public Perceptions: Phase I Focus Group Content Analysis - WisconsinFinal Report (1.9 MB)

December 1999

Materials Management Section
Public Perceptions: Phase II Appendix Data SummaryFinal Report (58 KB)
Pooled fund web site
December 1999

Materials Management Section
The Pavement Type Selection ProcessFinal Report (91 KB)

December 1999

Materials Management Section
Public Perceptions: Phase II Statewide SurveysFinal Report (145 KB)

May 1999
WI/SPR-04-08
Materials Management Section
Performance Evaluation of Drained Pavement StructuresFinal Report (295 KB)

December 1998

Materials Management Section
1997 Ride Measurement ReportFinal Report (5 MB)

May 1998
WI/FEP-02-98
Materials Management Section
Living Noise BarrierFinal Report (10.4 MB)

January 1998

Materials Management Section
Public Perceptions: Wisconsin Winter Ride Survey ReportFinal Report (484 KB)

September 1997

Materials Management Section
1996 Ride Measurement ReportFinal Report (300 KB)

April 1997
WI/FEP-02-97
Materials Management Section
Durisol Noise BarriersFinal Report (1 MB)

April 1997

Materials Management Section
1995 Ride Measurement ReportFinal Report (4.5 MB)

February 1996

Materials Management Section
Wisconsin's Pavement Management System: The Next GenerationFinal Report (42 KB)

December 1995

Research implementation activities

Project ID and
program
TitleFor more informationEnd date

Transportation Synthesis Reports

TitlePublication date
Snow and Ice Control at Extreme Temperatures (285 KB)April 2011
State Requirements for Licensing of Ambulance Drivers (219 KB)August 2010
Sound-Absorbing Retaining Walls (129 KB)June 2010
Material Spreader Use in Winter Maintenance Operations: A Survey of State Practice (199 KB)March 2010
LiDAR Applications for Transportation Agencies (192 KB)February 2010
HAWK Pedestrian Signals: A Survey of National Guidance, State Practice, and Related Research (168 KB)January 2010
Road Weather Information System Training Programs: A Survey of Current Practice (227 KB)December 2009
Expansion Joints in Concrete Barriers (5.5 MB)November 2009
Median Construction Crossover Design (110 KB)July 2009
Traversable Grate Design for Box Culverts and Large Pipes (94 KB)July 2009
On-Road Operation of ATVs (587 KB)June 2009
Aggressive Driving: Definitions, Laws and Prevalence (2.2 MB)May 2009
Recording Material Usage in Winter Maintenance Operations: A Survey of State Practice (111 KB)April 2009
Post-storm Meetings: A Survey of State and Local Practice (196 KB)January 2009
Limitations of the Use of Abrasives in Winter Maintenance Operations (109 KB)December 2008
Optimal Use of Roadway Deicers: Major Resources for Guidance and Information (63 KB)August 2008
Numbering State Trunk Highways: A Survey of Methods Used by State DOTs (5.8 MB)April 2008
WisDOT Research Efforts That Support Implementation of the AASHTO Mechanistic-Empirical Pavement Design Guide (174 KB)April 2008
Virtual Snowplow Training: State of the Practice and Recent Research (826 KB)March 2008
Traffic Signal Preemption for Snowplows: A Survey of Practice in Northern States (103 KB)January 2008
U-Turns: State Laws and Practices (143 KB)January 2008
Managing Vegetation Under Cable Median Barriers: Mow Strip Design and Practices (448 KB)December 2007
Methods for Reaching Young Adults With Traffic Safety Messages (72 KB)October 2007
Effectiveness of "Children At Play" Warning Signs (101 KB)September 2007
Flexible Delineator Posts: A Survey of Use Among State DOTs (78 KB)August 2007
Roundabouts Near Rail Crossings (1.8 MB)August 2007
Setting the Clear Zone for 3R, Urban and Suburban Projects: Guidance and Standards Used by State DOTs (407 KB)August 2007
State DOT Performance Measurement for Highway Design and Construction (138 KB)August 2007
Design of Geometric Elements for Bypasses and Intersections: A Survey of State Practice and National Guidance (229 KB)July 2007
Factoring in Business Visibility During Interchange Design (59 KB)July 2007
Gauging the Safety Effects of Rumble Strips at Rural Intersections (246 KB)July 2007
Optimizing the Titling of Motor Vehicles: A Survey of Practice Among Midwest States (151 KB)April 2007
Traffic Control Considerations for Roundabouts Built Near Rail Lines (234 KB)April 2007
Putting the Brakes on Crossover Crashes: Median Barrier Research and Practice in the U.S. (2.6 MB)March 2007
Using Friction Measurements to Gauge Winter Maintenance Performance (74 KB)March 2007
Sharing Crash Data with the Public (1004 KB)February 2007
Cell Phones Behind the Wheel: Recent Research and Guidance for Curbing Employee Use (76 KB)November 2006
State Statutes on Neighborhood Electric Vehicles (96 KB)November 2006
Reporting Winter Events to Traffic Management Centers (152 KB)September 2006
Improving the Accuracy of Real Estate Cost Estimates And Reducing Final Costs (134 KB)June 2006
Overlay of Shoulder Rumble Strips (477 KB)June 2006
Workforce Options for Installation and Maintenance of Permanent Highway Signs (124 KB)June 2006
GPS in Construction Staking (73 KB)April 2006
Pavement Surface Materials to Minimize Snowmobile Damage (43 KB)March 2006
Concrete Shoulder Rumble Strips (64 KB)February 2006
Certification Programs for Survey Technicians (69 KB)August 2005
Forecasting Useful Life of Pavement Markings and Sign Coatings (69 KB)August 2005
Overweight Permits and Superloads (87 KB)August 2005
Mainstreaming Operations into DOT Planning (387 KB)July 2005
Improvements to Graduated Driver License Programs (91 KB)May 2005
Suicide Prevention on Bridges (51 KB)May 2005
Transportation Information Management (102 KB)May 2005
Corridor Management (60 KB)April 2005
Highway Clear Zones (407 KB)January 2005
Maintenance Emergency Response Time Standards (648 KB)December 2004
Optimal Roundabout Pavement Design (36 KB)December 2004
Accelerated Construction Techniques (142 KB)October 2004
Construction and Operations Applications For Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) (50 KB)October 2004
Pavement Service Life (681 KB)September 2004
Best Practices for Motorcycle Safety (127 KB)May 2004
Mitigating Highway Visibility Problems (100 KB)May 2004
Evaluating New Sensor Technologies for Actuated Signals (66 KB)December 2003
Highway Construction: Program and Project Performance Measures (62 KB)December 2003
LEDs Warning Lights for DOT Vehicles (94 KB)December 2003
Best Practices for Promoting Older Driver Safety (79 KB)November 2003
Snowdrift Control (118 KB)November 2003
State Practices for Emergency Vehicle Preemption (40 KB)October 2003
Landscape Architect Duties in State DOTs (43 KB)August 2003
Pavement Preventive Maintenance (86 KB)June 2003
Electronic Billboards and Highway Safety (90 KB)May 2003
Privatization of Pavement Marking and Traffic Signing: Long-Term Costs vs. Benefits (65 KB)May 2003
Reducing ATV Impact on Highway Rights of Way (54 KB)April 2003
Variable Speed Limit Signs for Winter Weather (60 KB)April 2003
Electronic Truckload Scales (52 KB)March 2003
Virtual Reference Stations (61 KB)March 2003
Aesthetic Considerations for Context-Sensitive Design (72 KB)February 2003
Constructability Reviews (73 KB)February 2003
Crash Location Systems (75 KB)February 2003
Winter Operations Measures (59 KB)December 2002
Roundabouts and Public Acceptance (67 KB)November 2002
Truncated Warning Domes (51 KB)October 2002
Winter Road Condition Reporting for the Public (66 KB)October 2002
Contract Maintenance (66 KB)September 2002
US and Overseas Conversion to LEDs in Traffic Signal: Operational and Cost/Benefit Experience (51 KB)September 2002
Nighttime Highway Construction (59 KB)July 2002

Transportation Literature Searches

TitlePublication date
Driver Decision Making in Response to Alternate Routes (296 KB)April 2011
Impacts of Allowing Exceptions to Spring Load Restrictions (253 KB)March 2011
Air Transportation Safety Issues Associated with Green Energy Technologies (101 KB)October 2010
Using Photolog Data to Extract Measurements of Roadway and Roadside Features (161 KB)March 2010
Effects of Vehicle Size, Weight and Compatibility on Safety, 2010 (83 KB) (89 KB)December 2009
Operational Data Store (ODS) Mobile Computing Systems for Law Enforcement Field Use (74 KB)December 2009
Use of Deicing Agents on Stone Matrix Asphalt Surfaces (66 KB)July 2009
Gating Freeway Entrance Ramps to Safeguard Drivers During Severe Winter Storms (1.2 MB)February 2008
Safety of Marked Crosswalks vs. Unmarked Crosswalks (101 KB)November 2007
Considerations for Increasing Freight Loadsize to 95,000 Pounds, 2007 (48 KB) (64 KB)June 2007
Low-cost Strategies for Adding Overnight Truck Parking Capacity (80 KB)June 2007
Recent Pavement Research: Design, Maintenance, Life-Cycle Cost Analysis and Accelerated Construction (642 KB)June 2007

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