See also chs. Trans 196
, Wis. adm. code.
Property management. 85.15(1)(1)
Subject to any prior action under s. 13.48 (14) (am)
or 16.848 (1)
, the department may improve, use, maintain or lease any property acquired for highway, airport or any other transportation purpose until the property is actually needed for any such purpose and may permit use of the property for purposes and upon such terms and conditions as the department deems in the public interest.
The department shall credit to the appropriation account under s. 20.395 (4) (ew)
the amount, if any, by which moneys received in any year from the sale or lease of property acquired by the department exceeds $2,750,000. The department shall use 50 percent of any proceeds credited to this appropriation account from the sale or lease of any property to supplement the costs of management and operations of the district office of the department that initiated the sale or lease of that property.
See also chs. Trans 29
, Wis. adm. code.
Department rules and forms. 85.16(1)(1)
The secretary may make reasonable and uniform orders and rules deemed necessary to the discharge of the powers, duties and functions vested in the department. The secretary may also prescribe forms for applications, notices and reports required by law to be made to the department or which are deemed necessary to the efficient discharge of all powers, duties and functions and prescribe the form and manner in which those applications, notices and reports may be filed or submitted.
Any person violating an order, determination or rule adopted under chs. 84
and not subject to another statutory penalty shall be required to forfeit not less than $20 nor more than $400.
History: 1983 a. 175
; 1983 a. 538
; 1989 a. 31
Storage of highway salt. 85.17(1)(1)
In this section:
“Highway salt" means bulk quantities of a chloride intended for application to highways during winter months, and includes mixtures in any proportion of sand and chlorides.
(2) Storage of highway salt.
Every person who stores highway salt shall comply with the standards adopted under sub. (3)
The department shall adopt by rule standards for the storage of highway salt for the purpose of protecting the waters of the state from harm due to contamination by dissolved chlorides. The rule shall comply with ch. 160
. The rule may include different standards for various types of chlorides, or for mixtures of sand and chlorides. The rule may not require the storage of mixtures of sand and chlorides in a building or structure. The rule may include different standards for various storage facilities and conditions, quantities of highway salt and times during the year when salt is stored. All standards under this section shall provide substantially similar protection for the waters of the state.
The department may collect and publish information relating to this section and distribute it to municipalities and persons subject to this section.
The department shall enforce this section.
The department may enter and inspect, during regular business hours, places where highway salt is stored on private or public property.
The department shall conduct periodic inspections, at least once annually, of each location where highway salt is stored, to ascertain compliance with this section.
The department shall issue special orders directing and requiring compliance with the rules and standards of the department adopted under this section whenever, in the judgment of the department, the rules or standards are threatened with violation, are being violated or have been violated.
The circuit court for any county where violation of such an order occurs has jurisdiction to enforce the order by injunctive and other appropriate relief.
Any person who violates this section or any rule or order adopted under this section shall forfeit not less than $10 nor more than $1,000 for each violation. Each violation of this section or any rule or order under this section constitutes a separate offense and each day that a violation continues is a separate offense.
History: 1983 a. 410
; Stats. 1983 s. 85.16; 1983 a. 538
; Stats. 1983 s. 85.17; 1995 a. 227
See also ch. Trans 277
, Wis. adm. code.
The department shall comply with the requirements of ch. 160
in the administration of any program, responsibility or activity assigned or delegated to it by law.
History: 1983 a. 410
Construction site erosion control. 85.19(1)(1)
The department, in consultation with the department of natural resources under s. 281.33 (3) (a) 2.
, shall, by rule, establish standards for the control of soil erosion related to highway and bridge construction that is funded in whole or in part with state or federal funds. The standards shall require the use of best management practices.
The department shall establish a program of training for persons who prepare plans for, review plans for, conduct inspections of or engage in construction activities subject to the standards under sub. (1)
. The department shall do all of the following:
Identify those persons involved in plan preparation, plan review, construction supervision or inspections who are required to be trained.
Identify other persons who may benefit from the training program, and encourage those persons to enroll in the training program.
The department may impose fees for the training program.
The department shall establish the training program in consultation with the department of natural resources.
Any training required under this subsection may be conducted by the department or by another person with the approval of the department.
History: 1991 a. 309
; 2013 a. 20
See also ch. Trans 401
, Wis. adm. code.
Borrow and material disposal sites for transportation projects. 85.193(1)(a)
“Borrow" means soil or a mixture of soil and stone, gravel, or other material suitable for use in the construction of embankments or other similar earthworks constructed as part of a transportation project.
“Borrow site" means a site off of the transportation project property from which borrow is excavated for use in a transportation project.
“Material disposal site" means a site off of the transportation project property used for the lawful disposal of surplus materials from a transportation project and that is under the direct control of the transportation project contractor or a transportation project subcontractor. “Material disposal site" does not include a private landfill that is not managed by the transportation project contractor or a transportation project subcontractor or a landfill that is owned or directly controlled by a political subdivision.
“Political subdivision" means a city, village, town, or county.
“Transportation project" means a construction or maintenance project directed and supervised by the department that relates to an airport, railroad, highway, bridge, or other transportation facility and that is subject to an agreement under s. 30.2022
(2) Exemption from local zoning.
No zoning ordinance enacted under s. 59.69
, or 62.23
may apply to a borrow site or material disposal site if all of the following apply:
The owner of the property consents to the establishment of a site on his or her property.
The department determines that the site is not a commercial establishment that has a fixed place of business from which the establishment regularly supplies processed or manufactured materials or products.
The transportation project contractor assumes sole responsibility for the operation of the site.
The site is used solely for the specified transportation project and solely during the period of construction of the specified transportation project.
The transportation project contractor or a transportation project subcontractor does not crush, screen, wash, blast, or apply another manufacturing process to mineral aggregate from the borrow site, on or off the borrow site, to produce finished aggregate products.
The transportation project contractor complies with all of the following:
Any applicable restoration requirements for construction site erosion control established under s. 85.19 (1)
and any applicable restoration requirements established under an agreement under s. 30.2022
History: 2011 a. 32
Coordination with land conservation committees. 85.195(1)(1)
In this section, “land conservation committee" means a committee established under s. 92.06
or its designated representative.
Before commencing construction on a highway construction project, the department shall consult with the local land conservation committee to determine the presence and extent of local practices to conserve soil and water resources within the county, including surface and subsurface drainage systems.
History: 1997 a. 27
Urban mass transit operating assistance program. 85.20(1)(1)
In this section:
“Disabled persons" means individuals who, by reason of illness, injury, age, congenital malfunction, or other temporary or permanent incapacity or disability, are unable without special planning or design to use mass transit facilities and services as effectively as persons who are not so affected.
“Elderly persons" means individuals age 65 or over.
“Eligible applicant" means a local public body in an urban area which is served by an urban mass transit system incurring an operating deficit.
“Local public body" includes counties, municipalities or towns, or agencies thereof; transit or transportation commissions or authorities and public corporations established by law or by interstate compact to provide mass transportation services and facilities or 2 or more of any such bodies acting jointly under s. 66.0301
“Mass transit system" means transportation by bus, shared-ride taxicab, rail, or other conveyance, either publicly or privately owned, that provides the public with general or special service on a regular and continuing basis.
“Operating deficit" means the amount by which the total operating expenses incurred in the operation of an urban mass transit system exceeds the amount of operating revenue derived therefrom.
“Operating expenses" mean costs accruing to an urban mass transit system by virtue of its operations, including costs to subsidize fares paid by disabled persons for transportation within the urban area of the eligible applicant, and maintenance. “Operating expenses" do not include costs accruing to an urban mass transit system from services provided by a publicly owned urban mass transit system under a contract awarded on the basis of competitive bids unless the urban mass transit system's bid used the fully allocated cost methodology described in sub. (8)
. For a publicly owned system, operating expenses do not include profit, return on investment or depreciation as costs. If a local public body contracts for the services of a privately owned system on the basis of competitive bids, operating expenses may include as costs depreciation on the facilities and equipment that the privately owned system acquired without benefit of public financial assistance, profit and return on investment. If a local public body contracts for the services of a privately owned system on the basis of negotiated procurement, operating expenses may include as costs depreciation on the facilities and equipment that the privately owned system acquired without benefit of public financial assistance. In an urban area which is served exclusively by shared-ride taxicab systems, operating expenses may include costs to subsidize reasonable fares paid by all users for transportation within the urban area of the eligible applicant.
“Operating revenues" mean income accruing to an urban mass transit system by virtue of its operations, but do not include income accruing from operations under a contract awarded on the basis of competitive bids to a publicly owned urban mass transit system that did not use the fully allocated cost methodology described in sub. (8)
“Reasonable fare" means a charge for mass transit service which complies with rules of the department relating to the fairness of such charges for purposes of this section.
“Revenue passenger trip" means a trip taken on an urban mass transit system by any passenger who pays a fare to use an urban mass transit system, or by any passenger for whom a fare has been paid by another under a contract or other arrangement with an urban mass transit system.
“Urban area" means any area that includes a city or village having a population of 2,500 or more that is appropriate, in the judgment of the department, for an urban mass transit system or an area that includes 2 American Indian reservations and that is served by a mass transit system operated by a transit commission.
“Urban mass transit system" means a mass transit system operating within an urban area.
The purpose of this section is to promote the general public good by preserving and improving existing urban mass transit systems in this state and encouraging their effective and efficient operation.
The department shall administer the urban mass transit operating assistance program and shall have all the powers necessary and convenient to implement this section, including the following powers:
To receive applications for aid under this section and to prescribe the form, nature and extent of information which shall be contained in applications.
To make and execute contracts with any eligible applicant to ensure the continuance and improvement of quality urban mass transit service at reasonable fares. No such contract may be effective for a period of more than one year in length and no such contract may be enforced against the state unless the following conditions are met:
The eligible applicant pays the operating deficit of the urban mass transit systems involved in accordance with a schedule approved by the department;
The participating urban mass transit system provides reduced fare programs for elderly and disabled persons during nonpeak hours. Such reduced fares may not exceed one-half of the full adult cash fare applicable during peak hours of operation; and
The eligible applicant establishes and maintains accounting procedures and documentation requirements as prescribed or approved by the department.
Except as provided in par. (cm)
, to audit the operating revenues and expenses of all urban mass transit systems participating in the program in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles and practices. Except as provided in par. (cm)
, the audits shall be the basis for computing the maximum share of state and federal aids each eligible applicant can apply against operating deficits for each state aid contract period.
To conduct an audit of a privately owned urban mass transit system with which a local public body contracts for services on the basis of competitive bids to determine that system's compliance with the terms of that contract for services. An audit under this paragraph shall be the basis for computing the maximum share of state and federal aids that an eligible applicant that contracts with a privately owned urban mass transit system on the basis of competitive bids may apply against operating deficits for each state aid contract period.
To conduct a management performance audit of all urban mass transit systems participating in the program at least once every 5 years.
To apply for and receive federal grants for the department or as requested on behalf of eligible recipients.
In this subsection, “user-side subsidy" means a voucher provided by an eligible applicant directly to a mass transit system user for use in full or partial payment of a mass transit system fare.
After June 30, 1991, if an eligible applicant's urban mass transit system operates a user-side subsidy program, that system may include user contributions under the user-side subsidy program in its calculation of operating expenses for purposes of sub. (4m)