• 23 Jul 2020 12:00 PM | Anonymous

    LRIPWeb, the web-based tool that allows communities to manage their Local Roads Improvement Program (LRIP) dollars and public road projects, has been improved.

    The enhanced LRIPWeb was released on June 22, 2020. It was developed by the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) in response to feedback from LRIP partners, and is a more intuitive and efficient tool.

    While retaining the LRIPWeb format that users are familiar with, some of the changes based on stakeholder feedback that were incorporated into LRIPWeb to enhance the user experience are:

    • An accordion style format that guides the user through the process, allowing easier navigation both backwards and forwards, with subtle color coding to indicate the completed steps, all on one screen.
    • On-screen instructions were reworked to be more intuitive, with the goal of reducing the number of returned applications and reimbursement requests.
    • Quick access buttons were added in the header of some screens which allow the user a “short-cut” to project documents and shared comments with one click.
    • To assist with correspondence between LRIPWeb users, each screen allows the user to enter shared comments that become “pop-up” notices for the next user as the request is promoted or demoted through the application and opened from their work queue.
    • The mapping function has been improved and provides the user an instant on-screen map of the selected road section(s) and a dynamic road section diagram to assist the user with road width calculation.
    • Users are now allowed to enter separate improvement criteria for multiple road sections within the same project application, and the SMA will now list all the road improvement information.
    • The secure Transportation Assistance System (TAS) log-in allows the application to prefill information for you, including the names and addresses of your local officials and your name and title, based on your unique email address, enabling you to simply check a box as confirmation of your electronic signature.

    LRIP program participants can learn more about the enhancements through videos, webinars and other educational materials on the LRIP website at: WisconsinDOT.gov/LRIP.

    For additional questions, please contact Patrick Vander Sanden, WisDOT LRIP Program Manager at 608.266.0775 or via email.

  • 16 Jul 2020 12:00 PM | Anonymous

    On July 16, 2020, WCHA Past President and Barron County Highway Commissioner Mark Servi, representing WCHA and the National Association of County Engineers, attended an invitation only White House press briefing.

    The discussion was on the streamlining and reducing regulatory burdens on transportation projects.

  • 7 Jul 2020 12:00 PM | Anonymous

    Local Program Project Development Process training presentations are now available on the Federal State Aid Project Delivery, Procedures and Tools webpage.

    The training includes eleven presentations prepared in partnership with Wisconsin Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration, and the American Public Works Association (APWA) Wisconsin Chapter to help define the critical components necessary for a successful design project.

    Access the Local Program Project Development Process Training Videos Here

    The goals, or learning objectives of the presentations are to inform participants so they are able to:

    • Identify roles and responsibilities of all parties involved in delivering a local projects through the Wisconsin Department of Transportation Local Program, including those steps and approvals required of the local public agency sponsoring the project.
    • Understand the overall process and critical steps required to deliver a successful local road or bridge project with the Wisconsin Department of Transportation
    • Access information on valuable resources available to support development of all stages in the project delivery process.
    • Anticipate the sequence and duration of critical steps in the project delivery process that define the overall local project schedule.

  • 11 Jun 2020 12:00 PM | Anonymous

    The WCHA-LDG Conference Coordinating Committee/Brown County will be hosting the 2020 Annual Road School in Green Bay, at the Radisson Hotel & Conference Center, 2040 Airport Drive, Green Bay, WI 54313.

    We do have room blocks available at the Radisson 920-494-7300. The room block is listed under WCHA- LDG (Wisconsin County Highway Association-Leadership Group).

    Learn more and register for the 2020 WCHA-LDG Annual Road School here.

    Every member, spouse/guest, or corporate representative attending the conference must complete the attached Registration form. Sharing of name badges is not permitted. Registration forms must be returned with payment by August 14, 2020. Cancellation and 100% refunds (by written request) will be received until August 14, 2020. After this date, cancellations will not be refunded.

    All attendees and spouse/guests will be required to be registered to participate in any function of the conference. Name badges will be issued and must be worn to attend all functions, including conference and social areas and events. Individuals not registered for the conference will not be admitted and/or asked to leave any event area. If you are not wearing your name badge, it will be assumed that you have not registered for the conference.

    Non-Pre-registration/on-site registration will be $270.00 for county members & associate members, $370.00 for non-members, and $195.00 for spouse/guest. On-site registration requires the payment by credit card, check and/or cash.

    Those who have pre-registered may pick up their registration packets at the registration area, Tuesday, September 15, from 8:00 am – 5:00 pm, Wednesday, September 16, from 7:00 am. – 12:00 pm.

    Please indicate (in the sponsorship form) if your company is interested in a 10-minute presentation on your company on Wednesday, September 16 from 12:30 – 2:30 pm.

    Gary L. Kennedy
    WCHA Professional Development Director 1355 North 16th Street
    Manitowoc, WI 54220
    Cell Phone (920) 323-6500
    E-mail: hwygaryk@gmail.com

  • 23 Apr 2020 12:00 PM | Anonymous

    The WCHA Conference Coordinating Committee will be hosting the 2020 State Summer Highway Conference (Road School) in Wisconsin Dells at the Chula Vista Resort August 10-12, 2020.

    The Summer Road School is anticipated to have over 500 in attendance, which will be comprised of Highway Commissioners, Highway Committee Officials, Engineers, Associate Members, WisDOT Officials and spouses/guests representing all areas of the state.

    Stay tuned to this website and your inbox for registration information for the 2020 Summer Road School and agenda.

    Corporate Partners
    To help make the 2020 WCHA Road School a success; we welcome your corporate participation. The Association is offering multiple areas for your participation in various conference activities. There are a number of options including indoor/outdoor exhibit areas/booths, hospitality rooms, sponsorship of coffee/soda breaks, meal programs, etc.

    You may review the participation choices for vendor booth & sponsorship for Summer Highway Conference 2020 here.

    This is an excellent opportunity to promote any current or new products, equipment and services offered by your organization. Your sponsorship(s) will be acknowledged by custom signage displayed at your events.

    If you would like to participate, please complete the attached form and mail it with your payment as soon as possible to:

    Gary L. Kennedy
    WCHA Professional Development Director
    1355 North 16th Street
    Manitowoc, Wisconsin 54220

    Conference pre-registration participation deadline is July 12, 2020. Exhibit areas, meals, breaks, hospitality rooms will be on a first-come basis. We will assign final indoor exhibit areas, break sponsorships, hospitality rooms, etc. approximately 2-3 weeks prior to the conference.

    Please feel free to contact Gary Kennedy at that time for your location if you need to know prior to the conference. In addition to the completion of the Corporate Sponsor Registration Form, we require Attendee Registration Forms be completed for everyone.

    We do have room blocks available at the host hotel. Please contact the reservation department at 855-830-4730 and the booking ID # is H27942. The room block is listed under WCHA (Wisconsin County Highway Association). The room rates for the conference are $169.00 for a sleeping room or $259.00 for a 2-bedroom condo per night (all hospitality rooms must be designated condos). Tax-exempt status verification must be arranged in advance by mailing or faxing a copy of your tax-exempt certificate to (Fax #608-253-5430); otherwise, you will be charged room tax.

    If we are unable to match your specific needs, we will call you to see if other options are favorable. No refunds will be made after July 12, 2020.

    If you have any questions, please contact:
    Gary L. Kennedy
    WCHA Professional Development Director
    1355 North 16th Street
    Manitowoc, WI 54220

  • 13 Mar 2020 12:00 PM | Anonymous

    In light of the COVID-19 health emergency in our state, we have made the decision to cancel the WCHA Spring Commissioner Training scheduled for March 17-18, 2020 at the Lismore Hotel in Eau Claire.

    Please don’t forget to cancel you room reservations and stay tuned to this website as well as social media (Twitter: @WiscoHwy) for updates.

  • 4 Mar 2020 12:00 PM | Anonymous

    “On behalf of the Wisconsin County Highway Association (WCHA), we commend the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) and those local officials involved in the selection of projects for their work on the Multimodal Supplement Grant Program awards that have been announced.  Because of their efforts, greatly needed funding for 34 important county transportation and infrastructure projects will move forward.

    Those involved in this process, led by WisDOT Secretary Craig Thompson, should be recognized for a job well done.  The Department created clear parameters and criteria, brought in those local officials who are on the front lines of service delivery to review and select projects, and promptly distributed $75 million in funding for a total of 152 county, city, town, village and tribal projects. These are projects that will impact our state, our communities and our future success.

    While $75 million was distributed, it should be noted that $1.4 billion in funding requests came in for the MLS Grant Program for roads, bridges and other infrastructure needs across our state.  This difference paints an incredibly clear picture of what happens when we do not invest in transportation in our state, a practice just now beginning to turn around in the last state budget.

    This one-time MLS Grant funding is not a long-term solution, although the conversation should be had to explore expanding the funding for this program.  On a higher level, we look forward to continuing our work with WisDOT to find long-term AND sustainable funding solutions for Wisconsin’s entire transportation network.”

    For additional comments, please contact WCHA Executive Director Daniel Fedderly, PE, PLS at 715-505-9242.

  • 19 Feb 2020 12:00 PM | Anonymous

    The story featured the decline of Wisconsin’s system and highlights Trempealeau County, with comments from WCHA Executive Director Dan Fedderly and Trempealeau County Highway Commissioner Al Rinka.

    On Tuesday, February 18, 2020, the New York Times published an in-depth article, “The Struggle to Mend America’s Rural Roads.”

    The article states, “Although just 19 percent of the country’s population lives in rural areas, those regions have 68 percent of the total lane and road miles, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation.

    The state’s gas tax, which is dedicated to transportation needs, has been unchanged since 2006. A proposal last year from Gov. Tony Evers, a Democrat, for an 8-cent increase was voted down by the Republican-led Legislature, which instead raised vehicle title and registration fees.

    “In the last budget, the Legislature and governor did come up with some additional funding,” said Daniel J. Fedderly, executive director of the Wisconsin County Highway Association. “But the problem is it’s one-time funding and it’s not ongoing and it’s not sustainable.”

    In Trempealeau, decades of underfunding have left the county of 29,000 people with roughly $60 million to $80 million worth of road repairs. Generally, there is no state or federal assistance to help cover the costs.

    “The last time we received money to help with road projects was 2008,” said Al Rinka, commissioner of the county’s Highway Department.

    The normal life span of an asphalt road is 30 years. The county’s 292 miles of roads are now averaging 74 years.

    Read the full New York Times article, “The Struggle to Mend America’s Rural Roads, here.

    You can also view a supporting story, “Wisconsin Rural Roads Receive National Attention, Deteriorating Condition Blamed on Lack of Funding,” on Channel3000.com here.

  • 13 Jan 2020 12:00 PM | Anonymous

    The Wisconsin County Highway Association’s (WCHA) held their 2020 Winter Road School at Chula Vista Resort in Wisconsin Dells January 13-15, 2020.

    See photos from the WCHA 2020 Winter Road School here.

    For presentations and Power Points, please login to the Member Section of this site and go to “WCHA Documents and Resources>2020 Winter Road School.”Note: If you are having issues logging in, please contact Michelle Gormican Thompson via email.

    For additional questions please contact:

    Gary L. Kennedy, WCHA Professional Development Director
    1355 N. 16th Street
    Manitowoc, WI 54220
    Telephone Number (920) 323-6500

  • 20 Nov 2019 12:00 PM | Anonymous

    The U.S. Department of Transportation recently published a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) to build the capacity of state, local, and tribal governments to use innovative data tools and information to improve roadway safety.

    “This is part of the Department’s ongoing effort to utilize predictive data analytics to identify and address systemic factors contributing to crashes and improve roadway safety in communities across America,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao.

    The NOFO is an important step in the Department’s Safety Data Initiative, which helps communities devise policies to reduce roadway fatalities. This funding opportunity makes available up to $3 million to develop, refine, and deploy safety tools that address specific roadway safety problems. The Department anticipates making awards of $250,000 to $500,000 to each successful applicant.

    Eligible applicants are state or local governments, metropolitan planning organizations and regional governments, other political subdivisions of a state or local government, and tribal governments. The funding complements existing safety data improvement programs at the Federal Highway Administration, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration by focusing on improving data tools practitioners use to inform their policy and decision-making.

    The NOFO is available on grants.gov at: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=322472

    On December 3, 2019 at 2:30 PM ET, the Department will hold a webinar to provide an overview of this funding opportunity. Information about registering for the webinar is available on the Department’s Safety Data Initiative webpages.

    Applications are due by January 17, 2019 at 3:00 PM ET.

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