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86.31

86.31 Local roads improvement program.

86.31(1)

(1) Definitions. In this section:

86.31(1)(a)

(a) "County highway improvement program district" means a group of counties established by the department by rule under sub. (6) (f).

86.31(1)(am)

(am) "County highway improvement program district committee" means a committee established by the department by rule under sub. (6) (f) consisting of all of the county highway commissioners from counties within a county highway improvement program district.

86.31(1)(ar)

(ar) "Entitlement" means the amount of aid made available under sub. (3) for reimbursement within a county for the components specified in sub. (3) (a) 1. to 3.

86.31(1)(b)

(b) "Improvement" means a highway construction project with a projected design life of at least 10 years or a feasibility study of a highway construction project with a projected design life of at least 10 years.

86.31(1)(c)

(c) "Local roads" means county trunk highways, town roads, or streets under the authority of cities or villages.

86.31(1)(d)

(d) "Political subdivision" means a county, city, village or town.

86.31(1)(e)

(e) "Program" means the local roads improvement program.

86.31(1)(f)

(f) "Street" has the meaning given in s. 340.01 (64).

86.31(2)

(2) Administration.

86.31(2)(a)

(a) The department shall administer a local roads improvement program to accelerate the improvement of seriously deteriorating local roads by reimbursing political subdivisions for improvements. The selection of improvements that may be funded under the program shall be performed by officials of each political subdivision, consistent with the requirements of subs. (3), (3g), (3m) and (3r). The department shall notify each county highway commissioner of any deadline that affects eligibility for reimbursement under the program no later than 15 days before such deadline.

86.31(2)(b)

(b) Except as provided in par. (d), improvements for highway construction projects funded under the program shall be under contracts. Such contracts shall be awarded on the basis of competitive bids and shall be awarded to the lowest responsible bidder. If a city or village does not receive a responsible bid for an improvement, the city or village may contract with a county for the improvement. A town may contract with a county for the improvement subject to the criteria and procedures promulgated as rules under sub. (6) (h).

86.31(2)(c)

(c) Improvements consisting of feasibility studies funded under the program may be performed by political subdivisions or the department of transportation, including the making and execution of all contracts.

86.31(2)(d)

(d) County trunk highway improvements funded under the program, including the hauling and laying of asphaltic hot mix, may be performed by county highway departments, subject to the following restrictions:

86.31(2)(d)1m.

1m. The county highway department demonstrates that it is cost-effective for it to perform the work and that competitive bidding is to be used for improvements with an estimated total cost at least equal to the total funds allocated for its county trunk highway improvements under the program during the current biennium.

86.31(2)(d)4.

4. Contracts for the purchase of asphaltic hot mix shall be awarded on the basis of competitive sealed bidding.

86.31(2)(d)5.

5. Each county highway improvement program district committee shall do all of the following with respect to any work to be performed by any county highway department within the county highway improvement program district:

86.31(2)(d)5.a.

a. Review the proposed work and determine that it is cost-effective for the county highway department to perform the work.

86.31(2)(d)5.b.

b. Approve the proposed work prior to its being performed by the county highway department.

86.31(2)(e)

(e) The department of transportation may not require as a condition of reimbursement that the design and construction of any improvement with eligible costs totaling $65,000 or less be certified by a registered professional engineer.

86.31(3)

(3) Entitlement component.

86.31(3)(a)

(a) Funds provided under s. 20.395 (2) (fr) shall be distributed under this subsection. For purposes of entitlement, the program shall consist of the following components:

86.31(3)(a)1.

1. County trunk highway improvements.

86.31(3)(a)2.

2. Town road improvements.

86.31(3)(a)3.

3. City and village street improvements.

86.31(3)(b)

(b) From the appropriation under s. 20.395 (2) (fr), the department shall allocate funds for entitlement as follows:

86.31(3)(b)1.

1. For county trunk highway improvements, 43%.

86.31(3)(b)2.

2. For town road improvements, 28.5%.

86.31(3)(b)3.

3. For city and village street improvements, 28.5%.

86.31(3)(c)

(c) Entitlements for each component under this subsection will be determined by a formula and calculated for each county, except that cities and villages with a population of 20,000 or more shall receive a proportionate share of the entitlement for city and village street improvements for the applicable county. No county may receive less than 0.5% of the total funds allocated to counties for county trunk highway improvements under par. (b) 1.

86.31(3g)

(3g) County trunk highway improvements discretionary grants. From the appropriation under s. 20.395 (2) (ft), the department shall allocate $5,355,000 in fiscal year 2007-08, $5,462,100 in fiscal year 2008-09, and $5,127,000 in fiscal year 2009-10 and each fiscal year thereafter, to fund county trunk highway improvements with eligible costs totaling more than $250,000. The funding of improvements under this subsection is in addition to the allocation of funds for entitlements under sub. (3).

86.31(3m)

(3m) Town road improvements discretionary grants. From the appropriation under s. 20.395 (2) (ft), the department shall allocate $765,000 in fiscal year 2007-08, $780,300 in fiscal year 2008-09, and $732,500 in fiscal year 2009-10 and each fiscal year thereafter, to fund town road improvements with eligible costs totaling $100,000 or more. The funding of improvements under this subsection is in addition to the allocation of funds for entitlements under sub. (3).

86.31(3r)

(3r) Municipal street improvements discretionary grants. From the appropriation under s. 20.395 (2) (ft), the department shall allocate $1,020,000 in fiscal year 2007-08, $1,040,400 in fiscal year 2008-09, and $976,500 in fiscal year 2009-10 and each fiscal year thereafter, to fund municipal street improvement projects having total estimated costs of $250,000 or more. The funding of improvements under this subsection is in addition to the allocation of funds for entitlements under sub. (3).

86.31(3s)

(3s) West Canal Street reconstruction and extension. Notwithstanding limitations on the amount and use of aids provided under this section, or on eligibility requirements for receiving aids under this section, and subject to s. 84.03 (3) (b), the department shall award a grant of $2,500,000 to the city of Milwaukee for the purposes specified under s. 84.03 (3) (a). Notwithstanding subs. (3) (b), (3g), (3m), and (3r), payment of the grant under this subsection shall be made from the appropriation under s. 20.395 (2) (fr) before making any other allocation of funds under subs. (3) (b), (3g), (3m), and (3r), and the allocation of funds under subs. (3) (b), (3g), (3m), and (3r) shall be reduced proportionately to reflect the amount of the grant made under this subsection. This subsection does not apply after December 31, 2005.

86.31(3t)

(3t) Payments related to environmental review of local projects. Notwithstanding limitations on the amount and use of aids provided under this section, or on eligibility requirements for receiving aids under this section, and subject to any applicable interagency agreement between the department of transportation and the department of natural resources, the department of transportation may make a payment in each fiscal year to the department of natural resources to support 3.0 full-time equivalent positions in the department of natural resources related to the environmental review of local transportation projects. Notwithstanding sub. (3), any payment under this subsection shall be made from the appropriation under s. 20.395 (2) (fr) before making any other allocation of funds under sub. (3). After the department of transportation makes the payment under this subsection, the allocation of funds under sub. (3) shall be reduced proportionately to reflect the amount of the payment.

86.31(4)

(4) Reimbursement for improvements. All costs of an improvement funded under this section shall be the responsibility of the political subdivision. At the completion of an improvement, the political subdivision may apply to the department for reimbursement of not more than 50% of eligible costs in the manner and form prescribed by the department.

86.31(5)

(5) Exceptions. Nothing in this section prevents improvements under other highway aid programs if applicable.

86.31(6)

(6) Rules. The department shall promulgate rules to implement and administer the program. The rules shall include all of the following:

86.31(6)(a)

(a) Criteria for county administrative responsibilities.

86.31(6)(b)

(b) Reallocation of any uncommitted funds, including a procedure to reallocate uncommitted funds between counties.

86.31(6)(c)

(c) Formulas and procedures for entitlements and reimbursements for each program component under sub. (3) (a) 1. to 3.

86.31(6)(d)

(d) Procedures for reimbursements for county trunk highway improvements under sub. (3g), for town road improvements under sub. (3m) and for municipal street improvements under sub. (3r).

86.31(6)(e)

(e) Procedures for the selection and administration of improvements.

86.31(6)(f)

(f) Procedures for the establishment, administration and operation of county highway improvement program districts and county highway improvement program district committees.

86.31(6)(g)

(g) Specific criteria for making determinations of cost-effectiveness under sub. (2) (d) 5. a. and procedures for review by the department of disputes relating to whether proposed work to be performed by a county highway department is cost-effective for purposes of sub. (2) (d) 5. a.

86.31(6)(h)

(h) Criteria and procedures for contracting with a county for a town road improvement that includes at least all of the following:

86.31(6)(h)1.

1. A requirement that a written and sealed estimate of the cost of the improvement that includes the source of the estimate be prepared prior to the time set for the opening of bids for the improvement and not be opened until after the opening of all bids.

86.31(6)(h)2.

2. A requirement that all bids may be rejected and the contract awarded to a county for the improvement if the lowest bid exceeds the cost estimate under subd. 1. by at least 10% and the town board notifies the 2 lowest bidders or, if only one bid was received, the bidder to provide information on the accuracy of the cost estimate under subd. 1.

86.31(6)(h)3.

3. A requirement that the amount of the contract with a county for the improvement be at least 10% below the lowest bid received for the improvement.

86.31(6)(h)4.

4. A provision that permits rebidding if the amount of the proposed contract with a county for the improvement is less than 10% below the lowest bid received for the improvement.

86.31 - ANNOT.

History: 1991 a. 39, 269; 1993 a. 16, 437; 1997 a. 27; 1999 a. 9; 2001 a. 16; 2003 a. 33; 2005 a. 25; 2007 a. 20; 2009 a. 28.

86.31 - ANNOT.

Cross Reference: See also ch. Trans 206, Wis. adm. code.