The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) has begun experimenting with new combinations of tools aimed at addressing transportation problems within their community context. The most extensive and deliberate use of these tools is corridor planning. Corridor planning is an approach that is rooted in collaboration with local communities to address all the issues of context that are beyond the purview of the state transportation agency. This paper describes the corridor planning process and the various ways corridor planning processes can be used, and presents the results of an extensive corridor planning project recently completed. The case study presented is a corridor plan prepared for a 60-mile corridor, 45 miles of which is slated for expansion. The plan was developed in collaboration with local communities, using several educational tools and a structured process that involved local community leaders and elected officials. The plan recommendations include revising land use plans to address new issues and opportunities associated with a highway expansion project, employing tools to balance transportation and land use in local areas, planning for interchange areas, preserving agriculture, and addressing multi-modal needs.
Sixth National Conference on Access Management, August 29-September 1, 2004, Kansas City, Missouri