Highway Maintenance





Highway Maintenance Division






The Highway Maintenance section of the Department of Transportation (MCDOT) maintains all County trunk highways, State trunk highways and expressways.  It is responsible for maintaining vacant freeway lands and the North Shore right-of-way.


The Highway Maintenance Division maintains the safety and integrity of the County Trunk Highway System and Interstate system throughout Milwaukee County. The services performed by this division include rehabilitation projects, maintenance of safety barriers, shoulder repairs, and snow and ice control. The division performs 80% of its work for the State of Wisconsin Department of Transportation.
State Highway Maintenance provides general and winter maintenance on the expressways and state trunk highways within Milwaukee County. The state reimbursement for this 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. All costs related to state highway maintenance are 100% offset by state reimbursement revenue.
County Highway Maintenance provides general and winter maintenance on the Milwaukee County highway 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.
Highway Administration and Fiscal Support provides overall management to the Division. This includes insuring compliance with safety requirements, county, state, and federal regulations and coordination of all phases of state and expressway maintenance operations with the Wisconsin Department of Transportation. The Highway Maintenance director also manages the Transportation Services Division.
Highway Maintenance contracts with over 120 vendors totaling $1.5 million dollars. The Highway division purchases a larger number of commodities such as road salt, asphalt and materials for road maintenance.
In recent years, Highway Maintenance installed energy saving LED fixtures in the 80 traffic signals maintained by the Department. This initiative has led to a 90% reduction in electricity use as compared to incandescant bulbs.
In previous years, snow plowing routes were reviewed to reduce operational inefficiencies. These changes have lead to better response times, improved travel conditions and reduced accidents.
Highway Maintenance recently purchased new mowing equipment designed to maintain medians and shoulders. The new equipment has lowered operations costs and increased service levels.

Currently, Highway Maintenance is working in cooperation with the State of Wisconsin on over $1 million dollars of mitigation measures for the I-94 North-South project and the Zoo interchange.
Highway Maintenance has made signal improvements to more than half of the intersections operated by Milwaukee County utilizing Hazard Elimination Safety Funds.

TO REPORT POTHOLES on County Trunk Highways:

                            Call 414-257-6566   Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. 


CLICK HERE TO VIEW A MAP showing County Trunk Highways under the jurisdiction of Milwaukee County.



 Services Performed

 Three Facility Locations
  • Winter Operations
  • Sweeping
  • Road Repairs
  • Lighting
  • Signage
  • Traffic Signal Repairs
  • Central Facility - 10190 W. Watertown Plank Road
  • South Facility (Airport) - 5800 South Howell Avenue
  • North Facility - 6270 North Hopkins Street




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