• 7 Aug 2019 12:00 PM | Anonymous

    The Wisconsin County Highway Association and the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) have launched a new pilot program, the Local Bridge Improvement Assistance Program, Low-Risk Delivery Pilot.

    Listen to the On The Go podcast with TDA Wisconsin Executive Director Debby Jackson, featuring WCHA Executive Director Dan Fedderly here.

    “We’re maximizing the return on taxpayers’ investment in our transportation infrastructure and found a way to overcome obstacles to push forward with a meaningful reform,” said Daniel J. Fedderly, executive director of the Wisconsin County Highway Association, which represents Wisconsin’s 72 county highway and public works departments.

    WCHA has advocated for the removal of federal funds from local projects, a concept called Fed-Seg Swap. The idea is to transfer federal dollars out of some simple local projects and place those federal dollars on complicated projects that should have more significant reporting and regulatory requirements. These federal funds are replaced with state funds.

    Fed-Seg Swap language was passed into law last 2017-19 legislative session. However, actual streamlining never occurred as a process was never put forward by WisDOT. Then, the legislature limited the ability to swap these funds in the lame duck extraordinary session last December.

    This pilot program now provides state only funding on several bridges. The initial phase of the pilot includes 16 projects already approved for the WisDOT Local Bridge Improvement Program.

    “Working with Secretary Thompson and the staff at WisDOT, we have made progress,” said Fedderly. “We know the ultimate goal is to streamline a much larger share of projects than 16 bridges, but this is significant, real-world progress we have been unable to realize until now.”

    Fedderly says that when state and federal funds enter the mix so too does a myriad of rules, reporting requirements and regulations that unnecessarily drive up the cost of many simple, straight-forward projects.

    “Highway commissioners consistently advocate to streamline project delivery process in order to achieve time and cost savings,” said Fedderly. “While this pilot won’t solve the overall transportation funding issue for local governments, it will help us ensure that every taxpayer dollar is used efficiently.”

    The $5 million pilot is expected to run through the 2022 state fiscal year. Eligible bridges are limited to those with simpler needs, such as deck replacement or full replacement of a single-span structure with no piers. Qualifying bridges also must have no major concerns with environmental impacts, right of way, railroad or utility location. Projects can be removed from eligibility if such concerns become evident in the design process.

  • 20 Jul 2019 12:00 PM | Anonymous

    The Wisconsin County Highway Association-Leadership Development Group (WCHA-LDG) Conference Coordinating Committee will be hosting their 2019 Annual Road School September 17-19 at Radisson Hotel and Conference Center in Green Bay.

    View the 2019 WCHA-LDG Annual Road School tentative agenda here. 

    2019 WCHA-LDG Annual Road School
    September 17-19, 2019
    Radisson Hotel and Conference Center
    2040 Airport Dr, Green Bay, WI 54313

    There are room blocks available at the Radisson Hotel and Conference Center at 920-494-7300. The room block is listed under WCHA- LDG (Wisconsin County Highway Association-Leadership Group).

    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, 2019.

    Cancellation and 100% refunds (by written request) will be received until August 14, 2019. 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 $215.00 for county members & associate members, $325.00 for non-members, and $140.00 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 17, from 8:00 am – 5:00 pm, Wednesday, September 18, from 7:00 am. – 12:00 pm.

    Register as a superintendent /foreman here.

    Register as a vendor here.

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

  • 18 Jul 2019 12:00 PM | Anonymous

    WCHA Executive Director Daniel Fedderly participated in a press conference regarding the one-time supplemental transportation funding on Thursday, July 18, 2019 alongside Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) Secretary Craig Thompson.

    The event, held in the Governor’s Conference Room, also included Mike Koles from the Wisconsin Towns Association and Curt Witynski from the League of Wisconsin Municipalities.

    Please take a few minutes to watch the entire WisconsinEye video from the press conference as to how this funding will be programed and administered by WisDOT.

    To see a clip of just WCHA’s Fedderly’s presentation at the press conference, click here.

  • 20 Jun 2019 12:00 PM | Anonymous

    The Wisconsin County Highway Association has released their video highlighting the incredibly dangerous working conditions for Wisconsin county highway workers.

    Speeding drivers, distracted drivers, texting and speeding through work zones; this is a deadly combination here in Wisconsin. In 2015, three county highway employees lost their lives due to distracted drivers.

    Watch and listen to county highway employees from Lincoln, Shawano and Marathon Counties as they discuss the loss of co-workers and the devastating impacts left behind.

    Watch the WCHA Video: “Work Zone Distractions; Work Zone Deaths” here.

  • 10 Jun 2019 12:00 PM | Anonymous

    The Wisconsin County Highway Association (WCHA) held a successful 2019 Summer Highway Conference, which ran from June 3-5, 2019 at Chula Vista Resort, Wisconsin Dells.

    See the 2019 Summer Road School photo album here.

    For WCHA Members: To view handouts from presentations and see agendas for committees that will be meeting at the 2019 WCHA Summer Road School, please login to the member section and go to “WCHA Documents and Resources>2019 Summer Road School.  If you are having issues logging in, please contact Michelle Gormican Thompson here.

    For additional questions, contact:

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

  • 16 Apr 2019 12:00 PM | Anonymous

    WCHA officials attend the National Association of County Enginners (NACE) 2019 Conference April 13-17, 2019 in Wichita, Kansas.

    The event is the largest gathering of county infrastructure officials, with the theme of “Bridging the Gap: Innovation and Collaboration.”

    Attendees included Daniel Fedderly and Gary Kennedy of WCHA, WCHA President and Barron County Highway Commissioner Mark Servi, Iowa County Highway Commissioner Craig Hardy and Marathon County Highway Commissioner James Griesbach, who presented on “Workzone Safety;” Dunn County Public Works Director John Sworski, Kevin Lang of the Marathon County Highway Department and Joe Langeberg of the La Crosse County Highway Department.

    See Craig Hardy and James Griesbach’s presentation at the NACE Conference on “Workzone Safety” here.

    View pictures from the 2019 NACE Annual Conference here.

  • 8 Apr 2019 12:00 PM | Anonymous

    Wisconsin County Highway Association officials and members attended the Transportation Development Association (TDA) Fly-In April 3-4, 2019 in Washington, D.C.

    WCHA participated in congressional office visits and listened to industry experts on the latest topics.

    See WCHA photos from the 2019 TDA Fly-In here.

    “It is so important to meet with our federal delegation and discuss the importance of federal investment into Wisconsin’s transportation network,” said WCHA Executive Director Dan Fedderly.  “Our system will only improve when we stop the deterioration of our system and begin to once again fund infrastructure needs.”

  • 3 Mar 2019 12:00 PM | Anonymous
    January 14 2018 new commisioners minutes 

    WCHA Executive Director Fedderly and President Mark Servi are attending the NACo legislative conference in Washington DC March 2-6, 2019.

    Fedderly asking Congressional transportation if they are including streamlining in the next infrastructure legislation and are they looking at including a low risk project delivery exemption that would exempt low risk projects under $5 million from federal regulations.

    View photos from the 2019 NACo Legislative Conference here.

  • 19 Jan 2019 12:00 PM | Anonymous

    The 2019 WCHA Winter Road School kicked off Monday, January 14 and ran through Wednesday, January 16, with highway officials from across Wisconsin and WCHA associate members meeting at the Chula Vista Resort in Wisconsin Dells.

    Highway commissioners/public works directors, office managers, committee members, state officials, corporate sponsors all participated in the event.

    Speakers at the Winter Road School included industry experts and legislative leaders. On Tuesday, January 15, new Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) Secretary Craig Thompson spoke to the group.

    See photos from the 2019 WCHA Winter Road School here.

    View all handouts from the 2019 Winter Road school here.

  • 21 Dec 2018 12:00 PM | Anonymous

    Daniel J. Fedderly P.E.;P.L.S. , Executive Director of the Wisconsin County Highway Association (WCHA), issued the following statement on the appointment of Craig Thompson as Secretary of the Department of Transportation:

    “We applaud Governor-elect Evers on his appointment of Craig Thompson as the Secretary of the Department of Transportation. This is a tremendously important position at this time in our state’s history. I have known and worked closely with Mr. Thompson for almost 30 years. I know that he is uniquely qualified for this position and am confident he will be able to bring all areas of the state together in a unified vision for transportation.

    “On behalf of the 72 county highway commissioners across the State I want to express our enthusiasm for this selection. Governor-elect Evers and Secretary Thompson need not have any question that the WCHA stands ready to be a true partner in solving our State’s transportation challenges.”

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