The Highway Division will strive to provide the highest level of service and maintenance on expressways, as well as, State and County trunk highways within Milwaukee County giving motorists access to safe, functional roadways at the lowest possible cost. The Highway Division provides cost-effective planning, design and implementation services necessary to maintain and enhance the safety and efficiency of the County’s highways, bridges, and traffic control facilities.
As part of the Department of Transportation, the Highway Division is comprised of the Highway Maintenance and Transportation Services sections.
Highway Maintenance Section
The Highway Maintenance service area is responsible for providing State and County Highway maintenance.
State Highway Maintenance provides general and winter maintenance on the expressways and state trunk highways within Milwaukee County. All costs related to state highway maintenance are 100 percent offset by state reimbursement revenue. The reimbursement program is based on actual labor, including incidental labor costs, machinery allowances as specified in the current Wisconsin Highway Maintenance Manual’s actual cost provision, and material purchases authorized by the Wisconsin Department of Transportation.
County Highway Maintenance provides general and winter maintenance on the County Trunk Highway (CTH) system. This includes pavement repair and resurfacing, shoulder maintenance, vegetation control, safety appurtenances, road drainage, litter pickup, bridge maintenance, snow and ice control, traffic signal maintenance, highway signing, and pavement marking.
Transportation Services Section
The Transportation Services provides planning, design, and construction management for capital projects on County Trunk Highways (CTH) and County-owned bridges.
- Highway Engineering provides planning, design, and construction activities for Highway Capital Improvement Projects and Local Road Improvement Projects as required by state law.
- Bridge Engineering provides planning, design, and construction of new bridges and the rehabilitation of existing County-owned bridges. As mandated by state law, Bridge Engineering oversees the biennial bridge inspections of all County-owned bridges and administers the Local Bridge Program for all municipality-owned bridges in Milwaukee County.
- Traffic Engineering provides planning, design, and implementation of projects needed to maintain and improve the safety, operational efficiency, and functional integrity of the County’s highway network, including the projects, Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Program, and Highway Safety Improvement Program. Traffic Engineering is also responsible for the implementation of the sign inventory program and the use of mitigation funds.
- Construction Engineering is responsible for field inspection, construction management, and contract administration of highway, bridge, and traffic projects.