A look at the Small Local Hazard Elimination Safety (HES) Program and gives some possible project ideas.
In Crossroads Newsletter, Winter 1998, pg.1
"Selecting a consulting engineer can be a challenge, especially when it only happens every year or two. Using the qualifications based selection process required for Federal Aid highway projects can add complexity. Now WisDOT is offering to share information about consultants from their databases."
Taken from, Crossroads Newsletter, Summer 2000, pg.6
"It’s a challenge to ensure high quality work on road projects at a reasonable cost. Getting competitive bids, as is frequently required, can add to the challenge, especially if bidders have different understandings of what the project entails."
As reported in, Crossroads Newsletter, Winter 2002, pg.1-2
"No one would buy a $100,000 patrol truck without a warranty. Why buy asphalt paving projects costing many times more without a warranty? WisDOT, the Wisconsin Asphalt Paving Association, and FHWA set out to answer that question. In 1995 they built the first warranted project on a state highway; five years later 24 were in service."
In Crossroads Newsletter, Summer 2002, pg.7
"Full road closure is worth considering when planning a maintenance or construction project, says a recent FHWA report. Full closure has the potential to cut total construction time, improve safety for workers and travelers, and produce a smoother roadway."
As reported in Crossroads Newsletter, Summer 2004, pg.7
"Good bid documents, which helped the town in this lawsuit, are very useful. They eliminate confusion, make it easier to compare bids after they are opened, help ensure you get the lowest prices, and protect your right to ensure quality work."
As reported in Crossroads Newsletter, Summer 2006, pg. 10-11
"GETTING GRANTS for local projects means more money withoutmore taxes. It takes time to find the sources, more time to write the proposal, and still more time to report afterwards. Is it worth the effort?"
Taken from, Crossroads Newsletter, Fall 2006, pg.7
"Purposeful planning makes work zones safer and construction projects run smoother for everyone. That is the principle behind a policy issued last year by the Wisconsin Department of Transportation."
As reported in the Crossroads Newsletter, Summer 2008, pg.4-5
"Local officials in charge of new road or resurfacing projects should coordinate details with the contractor prior to the start of construction, including who is responsible for which aspects of the project. [...] Crossroads offers some basic guidance in the form of simple checklists for both chip seal and hot-mix asphalt projects that local officials can use during discussions with the contractor and on field visits."
As reported in Crossroads Newsletter, Summer 2008, pg.1,10
"According to emergency management officials—and local governments with a few notches in their own disaster belts—a close second to mobilizing immediate protective measures is having a dependable method for tracking costs incurred during or after a disaster event. Thorough, real-time documentation speeds the process of recovering those costs from federal and state sources."
As reported in Crossroads Newsletter, Fall 2008, pg.6-8
Highway Operations Engineer
WisDOT Bureau of Highway Operations
Sauk County Highway Commissioner
Public Assistance Officer
Wisconsin Emergency Management