Wisconsin State Freight Plan

Planning Now to Move Tomorrow

Plan Timeline

Gather input
/ Assess trends
Develop
draft plan
Release draft plan for public review
Adopt and
publish final plan
Gather input
/ Assess trends
Develop
draft plan
Release draft plan for public review
Adopt and
publish final plan
Gather input
/ Assess trends
Develop
draft plan
Release draft plan for public review
Adopt and
publish final plan
Gather input
/ Assess trends
Develop
draft plan
Release draft plan for public review
Adopt and
publish final plan
Gather input
/ Assess trends
Develop
draft plan
Release draft plan for public review
Adopt and
publish final plan
Gather input/ Assess trends
Develop
draft plan
Release draft plan for public review
Adopt and
publish final plan

Our Vision

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) is updating the State Freight Plan, which was adopted in 2018. The State Freight Plan is a long-range multimodal plan that addresses the state's freight transportation needs and provides a vision for WisDOT’s freight program for the next eight years.

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Schedule

The plan update is scheduled to be completed in December 2022, with an initial draft plan released to the public in summer 2022. Public and stakeholder participation is encouraged throughout the development of the plan. Sign up for our email alerts so you’re the first to know of new engagement opportunities!

Winter-Spring 2022
  • Review 2018 Freight Plan
  • Identify areas of previous plan that need to be updated
  • Begin developing draft State Freight Plan
Spring 2022
  • Continue data gathering
  • Finalize draft plan
Summer 2022
  • Release draft plan and engage stakeholders
  • Incorporate stakeholder feedback into draft plan
  • Finalize draft plan
Fall 2022
  • Release final plan and engage stakeholders
  • Incorporate stakeholder feedback into final plan
  • Submit final plan

About

Our Freight Future

We update our State’s Freight Plan every four years so that it accurately reflects, considers, and addresses our state’s current and future freight needs. This update will continue to focus on the needs of state highways and local roads, freight rail, aviation, harbors, and intermodal connections. Our findings will help WisDOT integrate freight improvements in future construction projects and prioritize future freight-related projects for funding. These future investments will position Wisconsin to remain competitive in the global marketplace.

The plan will:

Include new and updated information since the previous statewide freight plan was released, including an overview of the current multimodal freight system
Assess statewide freight needs and issues through data analysis and stakeholder engagement
Guide statewide investments to improve the multimodal freight system, including roadways and roadside facilities, railroads, regional airports, ports and pipelines
Engage and reflect the interests of a wide array of freight stakeholders
Align policies and recommendations with Connect 2050, Wisconsin’s statewide long-range transportation plan
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System

Explore snapshot statistics below for the major freight options in Wisconsin: highways, roads, railroads, waterways and air cargo

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Stakeholders

Our Engagement Plan

Our team knows that the best source of data for this kind of planning process is engagement with statewide stakeholders to learn more about what they see and experience daily. Stakeholder participation is encouraged throughout the development of the plan.

The plan development process will include ongoing dialogue with the WisDOT Freight Advisory Committee, which comprises stakeholders from the public and private sectors. This committee will provide guidance during the planning process, helping to identify potential issues with the plan while developing a shared vision for freight transportation in Wisconsin.
Throughout the plan development process, there will be various opportunities to provide your perspectives on Wisconsin’s freight system and how you use it, as well as any issues, needs, concerns, and ideas you have for improving the freight system.

Anyone wishing to express comments, ideas, alternatives, or concerns during the planning process is encouraged to contact WisDOT at freight@dot.wi.gov.

Engagement opportunities will be posted here as they become available during the planning process.

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