State of Our Roads & Bridges

6,470 miles of Wisconsin’s major roads — nearly the equivalent of driving from Madison to Sedona, Arizona — are in poor condition.

Driving on poor roads costs the average Wisconsin motorist $502 per year in vehicle repairs and wasted fuel.

1,282 bridges in Wisconsin are classified as structurally deficient. This means one or more of the key bridge elements, such as the deck, superstructure or substructure, is considered to be in “poor” or worse condition by government inspectors. These bridges are crossed 2.9 million times each day.

Placed end-to-end, there are 18 miles of structurally deficient bridges in Wisconsin. 875 of these bridges have weight restrictions in place.

State and local governments in Wisconsin spent $2 billion on bridge repair and construction contracts over the past five years.