Wisconsin DOT

DNR Seeks Input for New Bikeways

Sep 1, 2015

The DNR has scheduled a series of open forums to seek feedback about new proposed bike trails. The DNR is in collaboration with the DOT and the Wisconsin Bike Federation to identify the best routes suited for designation. The public contributed their thoughts earlier this year about where potential bike trails should be located. Now, DNR spokesperson Brigit Brown says it’s up to the public to have the final say.


Travelers with smartphones now have access to more information about the roadways.

The Department of Transportation's free smart phone app is available for Apple and Android devices says Gina Paige, a public information specialist for the DOT...

"...the 511 Mobile Wisconsin app is available for free download. It provides up-to-date traffic information at the tip of your fingertips. You have access to traffic incidents, delays, backups, closures workzones and weather-related road conditions..."


A person with first-hand knowledge of the dangers of texting and driving spoke to a filled auditorium at Rhinelander High school Thursday.

Reggie Shaw lives in Utah. He told students that not paying attention when he was driving led to a traffic crash that haunts him to this day...

"....when I was 19 years old I was texting and driving and I went across the center line and hit a car head on and I took two people's lives. It's a decision I regret every day...."

Shaw says he hopes people learn from him and not make the same mistake to text while driving.


The Secretary is hopeful new funding methods will come forward for the state's Transportation fund and voters will help out the situation. Late last month, the D.O.T. revealed a $63 million dollar deficit by next year.

A variety of reasons are said to cause the deficit, including fewer driving miles by motorists and more fuel efficient vehicles. Gas tax revenue makes up a large portion of the revenue.