Research and Library

The WisDOT Research and Library Services Unit provides access to research and information on a range of transportation topics to develop usable solutions to specific problems. From multi-year applied research projects to rapid response information gathering, we provide services across the entire department.

2017 Research Program Annual Report posted

This report highlights WisDOT's efforts to support a culture of data-driven decision making that implements promising policies, materials and technologies and shows accountability to the public.

For the full report, visit the Program documents and events page.

Search for published research

The Research and Library's custom search feature allows you to focus your search on products published by the research program, including final reports and research briefs. The custom search feature excludes results from elsewhere on the WisDOT website to achieve higher search relevancy.


The WisDOT Research Program includes three major program components:

  • WisDOT established the Wisconsin Highway Research Program (WHRP) in 1998 in collaboration with the University of Wisconsin-Madison to discover better ways to design, build and reconstruct the state's highways and bridges.
  • The department’s Policy Research Program funds projects that focus on safety, operations, policy, financing, planning, economy, environment and other factors.
  • WisDOT also participates in projects that allow states to pool research funding through the Transportation Pooled Fund Program with other federal, state, local and private agencies to undertake larger research projects with a focus on specific topics or geographic locations.

To contact Research staff or subscribe to the Research Program's newsletter, please email


The WisDOT Library includes resources covering all modes of transportation. The library provides services to WisDOT staff. Others with specific transportation-related questions may contact the library via email.

Address and contact information:

4802 Sheboygan Avenue
Room 100A
P.O. Box 7910
Madison, WI 53707-7910

(608) 264-8142 (voice)
(608) 261-6306 (fax)