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84.07

84.07 Maintenance of state trunk highways.

84.07(1)

(1) State expense; when done by county or municipality. The state trunk highway system shall be maintained by the state at state expense. The department shall prescribe by rule specifications for such maintenance and may contract with any county highway committee or municipality to have all or certain parts of the work of maintaining the state trunk highways within or beyond the limits of the county or municipality, including interstate bridges, performed by the county or municipality, and any county or municipality may enter into such contract. General maintenance activities include the application of protective coatings, the removal and control of snow, the removal, treatment and sanding of ice, interim repair of highway surfaces and adjacent structures, and all other operations, activities and processes required on a continuing basis for the preservation of the highways on the state trunk system, and including the care and protection of trees and other roadside vegetation and suitable planting to prevent soil erosion or to beautify highways pursuant to s. 66.1037, and all measures deemed necessary to provide adequate traffic service. Special maintenance activities include the restoration, reinforcement, complete repair or other activities which the department deems are necessary on an individual basis for specified portions of the state trunk system. Maintenance activities also include the installation, replacement, rehabilitation, or maintenance of highway signs, traffic control signals, highway lighting, pavement markings, and intelligent transportation systems. The department may contract with a private entity for services or materials or both associated with the installation, replacement, rehabilitation, or maintenance of highway signs, traffic control signals, highway lighting, pavement markings, and intelligent transportation systems.

84.07(1b)

(1b) Emergency repair and protection of state trunk highways. To accomplish prompt repair, protection or preservation of any state trunk highway which has been closed or is being jeopardized by extraordinary damage by flood, structure failure, slides, or other extraordinary condition of necessity and emergency, the department may, if it is deemed for the best interest of the state, proceed at once to repair or protect the highway with forces and services of private constructors and agencies, summarily engaged by the department and cause said work to be done by negotiated contract or agreement without calling for competitive bids, provided that any such contract or agreement involving an estimated expenditure in excess of $10,000 shall be subject to approval of the governor before it becomes effective.

84.07(1m)

(1m) Mass transit system, maintenance. When the public mass transportation system uses a state trunk highway, such facilities shall be maintained by the state at state expense in accordance with this section. Maintenance shall be performed within the highway right-of-way, upon facilities and lands within the highway corridor, and upon such terminal and parking facilities as may be reasonably adjacent to the highway corridor.

84.07(2)

(2) Repayment for state work. When any county or municipality maintains the state trunk highways within or beyond the limits of the county or municipality, including interstate bridges, in compliance with the arrangement with the department, the department shall pay the actual cost of the maintenance, including the allowance for materials and the use of county or municipal machinery and overhead expenses agreed upon in advance. The payments shall be made upon presentation by the county highway committee or municipal clerk of a properly itemized and verified account. The county highway committee or municipal clerk shall present the itemized accounts for general maintenance work no later than one month following the period during which the work is performed.

84.07(3)

(3) Weed control. The highway patrolman shall destroy all noxious weeds as provided in s. 66.0407 on any highway which he or she patrols.

84.07(4)

(4) Emergency repairs; blocking streets or roads; detours. Except in case of emergency, no city, village or town shall obstruct any street or road over which any state trunk highway is marked unless it first makes arrangements with the department for marking a detour.

84.07 - ANNOT.

History: 1971 c. 125; 1975 c. 39; 1975 c. 394 s. 27; 1975 c. 421; 1977 c. 29 ss. 933 to 935, 1654 (8) (a); 1977 c. 418; 1979 c. 161; 1985 a. 29; 1993 a. 246; 1999 a. 150 s. 672; 2001 a. 16; 2003 a. 33, 214.

84.07 - ANNOT.

NOTE: 2003 Wis. Act 214, which affected this section, contains extensive explanatory notes.